Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art 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 Columbia, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Columbia only to realize it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. 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. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part of 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 generate the heat you desire. 3. Change your air filter. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters can help improve your system’s air flow and could 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. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Watts Electric & A/C Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Columbia.