If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Ellsworth, we’ve prepared some essential 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 won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Ellsworth only to discover it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a 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 enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply 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 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 provide your family with 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 can contribute 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 season. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Ellsworth.