If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These inventive 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 creeping upon us here in Cambridge, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.
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 Cambridge only to discover it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working correctly. Regular service visits 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.
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 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.
If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters can help improve your equipment’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help enhance 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.
Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, Pliescott HVAC Services LLC offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Cambridge.