If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These innovative 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 months approaching here in Dayton, 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.
You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Dayton only to discover 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 equipment is safe and working well. 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns 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 component 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.
When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters will help improve your furnace’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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.
Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Jent Mechanical LLC offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Dayton.