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 show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Middletown, 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 routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Middletown only to find out 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 products are safe and working correctly. Regular service visits will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help enhance 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 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 factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s working properly, 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 furnace’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 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 due for a replacement, Schagrin Gas Company offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Middletown.