Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to show its return on investement. These state-of-the-art 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 drawing nearer here in Elmhurst, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work 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 Elmhurst only to realize it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Regular service visits 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. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important component 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 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 improve 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. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Elmhurst.