If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Eastland, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively all season.
1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives.
You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Eastland only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working correctly. 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.
Fractured or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice 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 produce the heat you desire.
3. Change your air filter.
If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters can help improve your system’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.
Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, J & J Air Conditioning offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Eastland.