If you have 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 months approaching here in St. Louis, 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.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in St. Louis only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Regular service visits will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Fractured or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice 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 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.
If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s 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, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in St. Louis.