If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. These inventive 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 Rapid City, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season.
1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives.
The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Rapid City only to realize it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working well. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s operating correctly, 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.
It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters may help improve your furnace’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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.
Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Precision Mechanical offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Rapid City.