If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to start paying for itself. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Carson City, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the season.
1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.
You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Carson City only to discover it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems 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 while, 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 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 can help improve your furnace’s air flow and may 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.
Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Anderson Heating & A/C offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Carson City.