If you have 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 needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Dresden, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season.
1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Dresden 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 well. Regular service visits will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to 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 component of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions 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 may help improve your system’s air flow and could lead 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 at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed.
Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, McFadden Heating & Cooling offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Dresden.