A high efficiency HVAC system is something you may be aware of for your home. The furnaces that are produced now, are more efficient than the older systems from just a decade or two ago. This is because the furnaces that are produced now are built more efficiently. This is because of the technology and features that are now being used in the heating industry. It has allowed high efficiency furnaces to do two things. They extract more heat out of the gas they consume. Also they only use the amount of energy that’s necessary to get the job done at any given time.
A Newer furnace
Newer furnaces use an electronic ignition instead of the gas powered pilot light. Those that were used in older furnaces. This ignition is only used when the furnace needs to turn on. It makes it more energy-efficient than keeping a small flame burning at all times.
Many high efficiency gas furnaces come with two stage heating. The lower stage of heating is able to use less energy and works a majority of the time, while the higher stage only kicks on when it’s very cold out and more heat is required.
How they work
Similar to two-stage heating, a variable blower operates at different capacities. This depends on how much it’s needed at any given time. When more airflow is needed a faster speed is used. Usually this happens when the filter is clogged. When the blower of the system has a alert that notices less airflow is needed, it will switch to a lower speed in order to conserve energy.
For the combustion system to work properly, the furnace will need to draw in a certain amount of air. Unlike furnaces with unsealed combustion, which utilize the heated air from around your home can be different. Sealed combustion furnaces draw in air from outside in order to conserve energy and improve safety levels. If you notice an issue with your furnace, call us. No matter the age of the furnace, it will need to be looked at.
To keep your furnace lasting as long as possible, you will want to make sure it is maintained regularly. Efficient operation is a function of good regular maintenance. There are several things that you will want to do in order to keep the furnace in top condition. Also make sure to contact us for regular inspects for the furnace system.
If you notice that the furnace is not operating as it should be, there are some quick tips you can do to try and locate what the issue might be. The first thing is to make sure the unit is receiving power. Look for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers at the main entrance panel. Depending on the furnace, there may be a separate power button, usually located at a different panel near the main entrance panel. Some furnaces will use the fuse that is in or on it. If the unit has a reset button, wait 30 minutes to let the motor cool, then press the button. If the furnace does not start, you can wait thirty to forty minutes and press the reset button again. Repeat at least once more. If the furnace has a power switch, you will want to double check the switch is turned on.
Check to make sure the thermostat is properly set. If necessary, raise the setting five degrees. For a unit that uses gas, check to make sure the gas supply is turned on and the pilot light is lit. If the furnace system uses oil, check to make sure there is enough. After doing this, if there is still an issue, it is recommended to contact us so we can come and inspect the furnace for you.
Clean the furnace this winter
Dirt is one of the biggest issues the system faces. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt and dust can affect the components of the system, so cleaning is the most important part of regular maintenance. Lubrication and belt adjustment at the furnace are also important. You will also want to inspect the filter on the furnace, by doing so, you can help remove the chance of air strain for the furnace.
A furnace filter should be checked regularly. Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important for you and your family. You will want to make sure that the furnace and HVAC system is in the best condition possible. This will help to ensure your home is heated this winter as well as when it is cold. There are some signs to notice if the filter needs to be replaced. Without a filter, the furnace will not work properly, and wear out sooner than it typically should. If the filter is noticeably gray in color, and you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter media. You may also notice if your home is dustier than usual, or the heating system is cycling longer than usual. The furnace filter is a key player in home comfort and indoor air quality. Changing your furnace filter regularly offers several benefits.
The furnace system will improve if your filter is clean. The furnace filter is an integral component of your heating and cooling system. When the furnace filter is dirty and clogged with contaminants, air cannot circulate properly through the system. Your equipment will work harder to move air, stressing the system. This can cause breakdowns and overheating. A clean, regularly changed air filter will also allow air to move properly through your system and keeps out contaminants, keeping your equipment healthier. If a clogged air filter does not allow air to circulate through your HVAC system properly, it is also restricted from entering your home. A dirty air filter can limit the amount of clean air moving into your home, causing discomfort. No matter what issue you see, make sure to contact us.
Dirty furnace filter
A dirty furnace filter makes components work harder, meaning they are drawing more energy to do the work. Clean air filters mean less energy is consumed, making your heating more efficient. The filter removes airborne contaminants, as a result, pulling them from the air before it circulates back to your living areas. Dirty air filters will be unable to capture contaminants properly, so more will be left in the air you breathe. Airborne contaminants can cause health and allergy issues, as a result, can make your home appear dirtier. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.