Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter 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 needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Ballwin, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Ballwin only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, 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 product 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 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 smell 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’s operating correctly, 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. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters may help improve your furnace’s air flow and can contribute 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 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 season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Ballwin.