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5 Ways to Tell If Your Furnace Isn’t Running Efficiently

It’s winter, which means your heating system is running almost non-stop. And though you may not think about it, it’s possible your furnace isn’t running as efficiently as it could be. This can lead to less-than-cozy temperatures and higher-than-normal energy bills. In this blog, the experts at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Fireplaces share telltale signs to look for that could indicate that your furnace needs attention. If any of them sound familiar, call us to schedule a furnace tune-up or repair immediately.

1. You Have to Keep Turning Up the Thermostat

If you turn up your thermostat a few degrees only to realize it doesn’t make much of a difference, your furnace may not be running efficiently. It could be due to a blocked air filter or ducts that require cleaning. Both can lead to extra strain on your system, which means it’s working much hard than it should be.

The same goes for a furnace that takes too long to reach your desired temperature—it could be using more energy than it needs to keep your home comfortable.

2. Some Rooms Are Cooler Than Others

If some rooms in your home are cooler than others despite the fact they’re all operated by the same thermostat, this also indicates bad furnace efficiency. If you’re experiencing this problem, make sure that all vents in these rooms are open before you give us a call.

3. Your Energy Bills Keep Increasing

Sure, everything is becoming more expensive. But if you notice glaring differences in your energy bills from one year to the next, an inefficient furnace could be the culprit.

4. Your Furnace Is 15 – 20 Years Old

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes your home furnace. The typical lifespan for one of these systems is between 15 and 20 years. So if yours is in that range or even older, give us a call. We can make the right recommendations for a new furnace.

5. It’s Been a While Since You Scheduled Furnace Maintenance

If you’ve been quick to dismiss furnace maintenance in the past, or it’s been a while since you had it done, it’s time to give ComfortAire a call. Waiting until your furnace breaks down to discover an issue should be a last resort, especially during the coldest days of winter. You can also easily set up your maintenance appointment online.

Call ComfortAire With Your Furnace Efficiency Questions

An efficient furnace is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity. If you notice these issues or anything else that’s unusual about your furnace, give us a call in Wisconsin Rapids or Stevens Point today for standard or emergency service. Our Bryant® experts are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.