21 Jan Denver HVAC Professionals: Three Ways to Improve Furnace Efficiency
“Record-low temperatures in many parts of the U.S. led to nearly 4,000 flight cancellations throughout the nation Monday, frustrating airline operations systemwide, including in Denver.
A sea of lost luggage filled Denver International Airport’s baggage-claim corridors following more than 10,000 canceled flights during four days of crippling weather in the Midwest and Northeast.
“It is just a continual ripple effect from multiple days of bad weather in multiple places,” said DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale. “The weather has impacted all of the airlines across the board.”
Denver saw sunny skies, warming temperatures and more than 150 flight cancellations Monday. While that was a significant number, it was surpassed by many of DIA’s peers. Chicago, home of Denver’s largest carrier, United Airlines, continued experiencing temperatures in the negative teens and wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero.”
As the holiday travel season nears its end, cancellations and delays left some passengers stranded for days. If you are one of the many Denver residents who decided to put off their vacation plans because of all the frustration, then you’ll have to stay at home and face the bitter winter cold head on. Ask yourself this: Is your home prepared to handle it?
Regular furnace inspection and maintenance done by a reliable Denver HVAC professional is only one of the steps you can do to ensure that your furnace serves you well during the cold winter season. A carefully used home heating system can save on energy bills while providing comfort. Below are three important ways to maximize your furnace’s performance and service life.
1. Replace furnace filters once every month. You may have heard some people say that you should only replace your furnace filters until you can no longer see any light shining through the filter. However, experts recommend that you replace them on the first of every month to ensure maximum efficiency.
2. Keep your home well-insulated. Furnace efficiency relies heavily on how efficient the home is in keeping cold air out and warm air in. Inspect your windows for cold drafts—if you can feel cold air flowing in, install storm windows or seal the draft with a weatherproofing kit.
3. Upgrade your furnace. Many furnaces manufactured before 1992 are only 65 percent efficient, while furnaces since then are 80 percent efficient or higher. Contact trusted Denver heating companies like Total Plumbing, Inc. for quality furnace installation services.
(Article Information and Image from Record-setting cold temps create national backlog in air travel, The Denver Post, Jan. 06, 2014)