Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Bloomington, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work 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 Bloomington only to find out 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 system is safe and working well. Regular service visits will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help improve 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. Simply 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 produce 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 system’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 winter. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, All Seasons Heating & A/C Co offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Bloomington.