Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to start paying for itself. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Auburn, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 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 Auburn only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working correctly. Regular service visits will not only help the product 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just 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 functions properly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to provide your family with the heat you desire. 3. Change your air filter. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the 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 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 ready for a replacement, Forster Heating offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Auburn.