Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Humble, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all 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 Humble only to realize it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your equipment, 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 improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems 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 functions properly, 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. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters will help improve your system’s air flow and may 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Arrings A/C & Heating offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Humble.