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 innovative HVAC systems can help decrease 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 Longview, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run 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 Longview only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained 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.
Fractured 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 detect strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions properly, 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.
When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters will help improve your equipment’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.
Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Goode Bros AC & Heating offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Longview.