Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Monroe, we’ve prepared some helpful 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 won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Monroe 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 system is safe and working correctly. Regular service visits 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 your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions 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.

It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters will help improve your equipment’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 winter season. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Monroe.