If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Brookfield, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all 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 Brookfield only to find out 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 the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just 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 part 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 can help improve your furnace’s air flow and could 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.
Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, Central Air LLC offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Brookfield.