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 needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Locust, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Locust only to realize it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained 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. 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 check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part 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 will 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 at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Dynamic Comfort Solutions offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Locust.