Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. These inventive HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Racine, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.

1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives.

The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Racine only to find out it’s not working 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 increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.

2. Check your heat exchanger.

Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems 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 component of 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 provide your family with 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 may help improve your furnace’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 at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed.

Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re ready for a repair, Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Racine.