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 start paying for itself. These inventive HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Thedford, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season.

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

You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Thedford only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working well. Regular service visits will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help improve 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 couple minutes, 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 provide your family with 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 may help improve your furnace’s air flow and can contribute 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.

Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a repair, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Thedford.