Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in McMurray, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the season.

1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.

You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in McMurray only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician 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 equipment operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.

2. Check your heat exchanger.

Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check 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’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.

When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters can help improve your equipment’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 monthly 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 ready for a replacement, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in McMurray.