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 innovative HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Grove City, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 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 Grove City only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Fractured 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 couple minutes, 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 can help improve your equipment’s air flow and could 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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed. Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Air Quality Solutions offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Grove City.