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 show its return on investement. These innovative HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Dresden, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively all season. 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 Dresden only to realize it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working the right way. Regular service visits 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 clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you detect strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, 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 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 may 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed. Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, McFadden Heating & Cooling offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Dresden.