Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These innovative 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 Bossier City, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Bossier City only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Regular service visits will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important component of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s working 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. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters will help improve your equipment’s air flow and could lead 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 at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed. Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Bossier City.