A high efficiency furnace can be the largest energy user in your home. By opting for a furnace with efficiency of 90 or even 95 percent, you can save money in the long term compared to a lower efficiency boiler. Unfortunately in most homes, this savings possibility is escaping through inefficiencies elsewhere. To get the most out of your high efficiency furnace, homeowners need to prevent heated air from escaping via other outlets.
The biggest culprit for home heat loss is typically the ceiling or attic. These areas should be fitted with insulation to help prevent heat from escaping. In an average home, up to 40 percent of the cost of home heating is lost through air leaks and inadequate insulation. By sealing leaks and insulating your attic, you can help your high efficiency furnace is performing optimally.
Almost as problematic as no insulation is poorly installed insulation. For best results, have an experienced HVAC professional inspect your home’s insulation. Professionally installed insulation carries a higher cost upfront, but the savings from having a highly efficient home will add up and over time, the service will pay for itself many times over.
Efficiency can be further improved by spraying a coat of a radiant barrier on the inside of your attic. This will help keep your house cooler in summer and prevent heat escaping in winter. The savings your high efficiency furnace brings will stay in your home rather than escaping out through your attic.
For more information about how to help a high efficiency furnace run optimally, contact the pros at Gulf Coast Air Systems. We’re proud to provide HVAC services to Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.