If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. 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 Columbus, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season.
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 Columbus only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help improve 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. Simply check 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 factor in 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 produce 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 system’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 at the end of each month 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, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Columbus.