Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Mount Pleasant only to realize 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 equipment 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. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, 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 generate the heat you desire. 3. Change your air filter. It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters can help improve your furnace’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 monthly 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, Olde Towne Heating & Air offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Mount Pleasant.