Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art 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 Redford, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Redford only to realize it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working well. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, 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 generate the heat you desire. 3. Change your air filter. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters can help improve your equipment’s air flow and may 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 season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Airtronic Heating & Cooling offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Redford.