Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to start paying for itself. These innovative HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Lake Charles, we’ve prepared some helpful 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 Lake Charles 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 equipment is safe and working correctly. Regularly maintaining your equipment 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 your home’s air, which could lead to 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’s working properly, 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. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters may help improve your system’s air flow and can contribute 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 at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed. Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Lake Charles.