Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These inventive HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Alice, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season.

1. Schedule a routine 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 Alice only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help enhance 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 inspect 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 part 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 produce 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 will help improve your system’s air flow and can contribute 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.

Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re due for a repair, Rescue Heating & Air offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Alice.