Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Orrville, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Orrville only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician 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 furnace 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you detect strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part 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. It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters can help improve your system’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help increase 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. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Orrville.