Does Furnace Performance Suffer Thanks to Cold Weather?

Total furnace performance is a combination of the unit’s BTU heating capacity, energy efficiency, and just how well it keeps you and your family reliably comfortable. However, those common elements of furnace performance likewise depend upon a much larger overall issue: How cold is it outside?

As temperatures drop, your heating system’s ability to maintain a steady, comfortable thermostat setting is challenged. While none of us can do anything about a cold spell in the depths of winter, we can take certain steps to mitigate the effects of severe cold weather on effective, efficient heating. Here are some ideas to keep both your comfort level — and your furnace performance — optimal this winter:

Schedule a professional checkup.

Contact your HVAC contractor and make arrangements for annual preventive maintenance to ensure that all furnace components are functioning properly, safely, and at maximum efficiency for the cold season.

Locate and seal air leaks.

Hot air produced by the furnace naturally seeks a way to leak out of the house into the colder outdoor environment. To reduce heat loss, look for cracks and gaps in the exterior structure of the house and seal them with caulking or expanding spray foam. Check the weatherstripping that seals gaps around doors and windows and replace it if it’s worn.

Check out the attic.

Ask a qualified HVAC contractor to evaluate the condition of your attic insulation. You’ll want to know if the depth of attic insulation meets current Department of Energy standards and if the quality and condition of the insulation supports optimum furnace performance.

Adjust thermostat settings.

Pushing thermostat settings excessively high actually tends to increase heat loss from the house in very cold weather. Strike a balance and stay comfortable, too, by programming temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees during the day when the house is occupied and between 58 and 62 degrees overnight or when nobody’s home.

As another Wabash Valley winter sets in, furnace performance becomes a major priority. Ask the professionals at Paitson Bros. for more details. We’ve been here to serve since 1922.

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