If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to show its return on investement. These inventive HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Columbia, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.
1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Columbia only to find out it’s not working 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. Regularly maintaining your equipment 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.
Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in 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 will help improve your furnace’s air flow and could lead 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 in need of a replacement, Watts Electric & A/C Inc offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Columbia.