Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These inventive HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Colfax, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Colfax only to discover 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 products are safe and working correctly. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the product 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 inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a while, 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. 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 system’s air flow and can contribute 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 season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Colfax.