Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you have 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 months approaching here in Longview, 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 Longview only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working well. Regular service visits 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, 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 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 can help improve your equipment’s air flow and may 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. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Longview.