If you have a gas furnace in your Milwaukee home, there are some important things you need to know about ownership and maintenance. If this is the first time you've had a gas furnace, you may not know what to expect from it and how to take care of it.
Other than reading your gas furnace owner's manual, which you should do too, you can always get great advice from our Milwaukee heating and air conditioning contractors. At John Patrick Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, we enjoy helping homeowners learn about their heating and cooling systems.
We know that your heating system is important to you, so here are some gas furnace tips that will help you enjoy reliable heating all season long.
Your Gas Furnace Needs Electricity To Power Up
Your home is heated by natural gas or propane and the electrical power goes out, your furnace will not turn on. Most homeowners are shocked by this, but it is because the furnace uses a small amount of electricity for ignition purposes.
The amount of electricity used by the igniter is minimal and won’t count toward higher energy bills. An average blower will require about 750 watts to operate. Non-stop operation of the blower for a 24 hour period with an electricity rate of 16 c/kWh would come out to $90 a month increase on the bill. Keep in mind this is 24 hr operation of the blower.
Troubleshooting Furnace Inefficiency
If your electricity bill is higher than it should be but you can’t seem to find a reason why because based on your usage everything should be normal, you may have a problem elsewhere that needs to be professionally assessed by a licensed HVAC technician. You will want to consider getting an inspection with a furnace tune up.
John Patrick Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC can provide you with this service and much more. We will inspect your equipment to determine problems leading to the drain on the electricity. We can also test issues with gas leaks and air sealing problems.
Air pressure test provide information about the ductwork or other possible areas of leakage. Using this data will help you to know what needs to be done to improve your situation.
It may be that you need to make changes in the way you use the furnace or there may be some changes that need to be made with your heating system.
If you’ve found that your usage is consistent with your utility cost, you may need to upgrade your furnace blower. A variable speed fan will provide you with different operating speeds based on your needs.
How To Achieve Furnace Energy Efficiency During Winter
Mild conditions are present at certain times of the year, and setting the furnace blower on lower speeds at that time would save you energy costs. The low setting on a variable speed unit requires about 400 watts, which is nearly ½ less than the high setting.
Of course, in the cold weather you will want to have the unit producing at full speed. In milder temperatures, the extreme heat felt with full-force blowing can be very uncomfortable, so setting it lower during will really help when you don’t need heat as badly.
Where To Get Professional Gas Furnace Services In Milwaukee
Whether you need to pinpoint the source of your higher electrical bill or whether you are interested in updating your furnace and fan, you will need a professional HVAC technician to check your system and do some testing on it.
Normally, we like to do regular maintenance, inspections, and tune-ups on your unit several times per year. Keeping your gas furnace well maintained is important, especially since gas is so flammable and dangerous to work with. You want to make sure all your systems are sealed as they should be and that no leaking is occurring.
In this way, you will save the most money monthly on your utility bills and won’t be as likely to have a furnace breakdown during the hard times of the year when the weather turns bitter cold here in Milwaukee.