If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Circleville, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively throughout the 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 Circleville only to find out it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help improve 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. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s working properly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to generate 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 system’s air flow and can contribute to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help increase 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 season. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Circleville.