Do you have an older furnace for heating your southeast Michigan home? While it may not necessarily need to be replaced, older models are not as efficient as newer models, and furnace repairs can be costly. If yours seems to need constant repairs or isn’t heating your home as well as it once did, it may be a matter of replacing. However, if your older furnace is still producing reliable heat and seems to be in fairly good working order, you may simply want to make it more efficient. This can be accomplished by the following.

Stop any air leaks in your home. Even the smallest gaps, cracks, or holes in your ductwork can result in a substantial heating loss. Using duct mastic tape to seal holes will ensure that the conditioned or heated air your furnace produces makes it inside your home, instead of escaping underneath your home or to the outdoors before it makes it into your living areas.

Consider a new thermostat. Programmable thermostats make it possible for you to control the temperature inside your home whether you are at work, on vacation, or sleeping. Older thermostats only give you the option to turn your furnace on or off. With a programmable thermostat, you are completely in control of the temperature regardless of where you are, or the time of day or night.

An annual furnace inspection is a must. Without the assistance of a trained HVAC professional, most homeowners in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, or surrounding areas have no idea whether their furnace is operating as efficiently as possible. Your HVAC technician will check every component of your heating system, and ensure it is operating properly in order to provide efficient heating that ensures your family’s comfort, and the lowest possible utility costs. An annual inspection also provides peace of mind, knowing that your home and family are safe when gas burners and other potentially dangerous components are operating properly.

Need further information on how to improve the energy efficiency of your gas furnace, or year-round home comfort? At Haley Mechanical, our SE Michigan heating and cooling professionals are dedicated to improved efficiency, reduced heating costs, and safe, comfortable homes. Give us a call today!

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