Get your fur­nace checked for op­ti­mal per­for­mance

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CALGARYSUN

Old Man Win­ter ar­rived early in Cal­gary and area, with a re­minder it’s never too late to give your fur­nace a check-up to con­firm it is en­ergy ef­fi­cient and not tak­ing monthly heat­ing bills higher than they need to be.

“With brisk au­tumn days, Cal­gar­i­ans will be turn­ing on their fur­naces,” says Stephen Schroeter, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of Napoleon Group of Com­pa­nies. “It is im­por­tant to eval­u­ate the fuel con­sump­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of your fur­nace to en­sure it is run­ning at peak per­for­mance.

“Be­ing mind­ful about the amount of en­ergy your fur­nace uses al­lows you to in­crease the longevity of your HVAC sys­tem and de­crease heat­ing bill costs.”

Napoleon’s HVAC Divi­sion of­fers the fol­low­ing en­ergy-sav­ing tips to use when heat­ing your home this sea­son:

n Choose a fur­nace that is the right size for your home: An un­der­sized unit will not be able to ef­fec­tively heat your liv­ing space and an over­sized fur­nace will cost more to op­er­ate.

To im­prove the longevity and ef­fi­ciency of your fur­nace, speak with a pro­fes­sional con­trac­tor.

n Weather-proof doors and win­dows: Air leaks im­pact the op­er­a­tion of your fur­nace and your heat­ing bill. Seal win­dows and doors with weather strip­ping to im­prove air­flow in your home and con­serve heat.

En­sure ar­eas such as your base­ment and at­tic are prop­erly in­su­lated to pro­tect your home and op­ti­mize en­ergy re­sources.

n Prac­tice proper main­te­nance: Your fur­nace must be kept lu­bri­cated and pass an an­nual in­spec­tion. Check ev­ery cou­ple of months to see if your fur­nace fil­ter needs to be cleaned or re­placed.

Ser­vice your fur­nace once a year to en­sure fuel con­sump­tion is op­ti­mal and its per­for­mance meets in­dus­try stan­dards.

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