If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These innovative HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Crystal and Twin Cities, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.
1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Crystal and Twin Cities only to discover it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you detect strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important component of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s operating correctly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to provide your family with the heat you desire.
3. Change your air filter.
It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters can help improve your furnace’s air flow and can contribute to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help improve the furnace’s energy efficiency, so consider upgrading if you’re currently using a flat filter. We recommend checking your filter monthly to see whether it needs to be changed.
Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a repair, GV Heating & Air offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Crystal and Twin Cities.