If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help decrease 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 Hattiesburg, we’ve prepared some simple 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.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Hattiesburg only to realize it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, 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 furnace operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, 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 generate 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 enhance 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.
Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Hattiesburg.