Setting your Furnace Fan

Many people ask , What setting should I Set my furnace fan on?
As the seasons change and we move from Winter to Summer months, it’s important to know how your furnace fan can help maximize comfort and minimize dollars spent on energy. Most thermostats give you three fan settings: Off, On or Auto, better known as a summer/winter switch. What do each of those settings really do?
Depending on your climate and comfort preferences (Thermal Comfort),  set the furnace fan to “On” during the months that we usually use air conditioning in order to keep your home cool and save on your cooling bill.

Keeping your furnace fan “on” can help accomplish:
Balanced Air temperature.
Homes with two or more stories tend to have hot air trapped upstairs in the summer while the basement or ground floor remain much cooler. The furnace fan draws that cool air from the basement and distributes it throughout the house for a more even temperature.
Helps keep you cooler.
Just like a ceiling fan or an oscillating fan blowing air over your skin causes quicker evaporation of sweat which allows your heat energy to escape much quicker than normal, making you feel cooler.
Reduces the use of the air conditioner.
During hot weather, most air conditioners do not turn on as often with a furnace fan running. This is good because on average, it costs AT LEAST twice as much to run the air conditioner as it does to keep your furnace fan running. And as an added bonus, if the air conditioner goes on, the furnace fan supplementing the air conditioning lessens the chance of mold and mildew.
Keeping your furnace fan on throughout the summer is an easy and effective way to help keep your home comfortable and your energy costs down.
Repair or Replace Old Parts.
Have one of our specialists perform a full inspection and tune-up of your furnace and venting system. Repairing or replacing old parts will keep your furnace running efficiently for better heating ventilation and lower utility bills during cold weather. Make sure to address any problems you may have had with your unit such as noises or uneven heating during this inspection. Identify issues during an inspection and cleaning as soon as possible so they can be fixed is infinitely preferable than letting them create more damage or cause your furnace to fail completely.
Clean the Area Around Your Furnace.
Keeping the area around your furnace clean will prevent fires or other problems from occurring while the furnace is in use. Take some time to clean your furnace, venting, and the area around it of dust, cobwebs, and other clutter. Never store items on or against your furnace or its vent, this can create a significant fire hazard as well as damage your system.
Change your Filters.
Changing your filter during the summer months is as important as changing your filter during the winter. Proper filtration keeps dust, allergens and other foreign matter out of your home’s air and HVAC components. Changing your filter on a regular basis will help your furnace last longer and run more efficiently. Stocking up prior to the cold months with enough filters to get you through the winter will save you having to make an unwanted trip out in the frigid cold weather . That way you won’t be tempted to skip that extra shopping trip to buy more because it’s cold and snowy outside and maintain your indoor air quality.

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