Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. These inventive 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 creeping upon us here in Utica, we’ve prepared some essential 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. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Utica only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working correctly. Regular service visits will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell 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 produce the heat you desire. 3. Change your air filter. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is 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 improve the furnace’s energy efficiency, so consider upgrading if you’re currently using a flat filter. We recommend checking your filter at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed. Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Utica.