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 show its return on investement. These inventive HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Carson City, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season. 1. Schedule a routine 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 Carson City only to realize it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, 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 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 detect 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 functions properly, 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. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s 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 increase 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 season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Anderson Heating & A/C offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Carson City.