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 really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help decrease 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 Florissant, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Florissant only to find out 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 products are safe and working the right way. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the product 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 while, 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 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 may help improve your furnace’s air flow and may 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 season. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, B & B Heating & Cooling offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Florissant.