Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few 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 creeping upon us here in Plover, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season. 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 Plover only to find out it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working well. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained 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. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s working 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 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 once a 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 in need of a replacement, Point Heating & Cooling offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Plover.