If you’ve invested in 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 used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Winnipeg, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.
1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Winnipeg only to discover it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. Regularly maintaining your equipment 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 check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part 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 produce 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 will help improve your equipment’s air flow and may lead 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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed.
Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a repair, Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Winnipeg.