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 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 drawing nearer here in Mankato area, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the season.
1. Schedule a routine 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 Mankato area only to realize it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained 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.
Fractured or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice 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 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 system’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help improve 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 due for a repair, Northern Comfort Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Mankato area.