Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If 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 required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in East Peoria, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 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 East Peoria only to discover it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. 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. This inspection is easy – just 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 component of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions 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. It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters may help improve your furnace’s air flow and can contribute to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help increase 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. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in East Peoria.