Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to start paying for itself. These innovative 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 Portland Metro, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Portland Metro only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working correctly. Regular service visits will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help increase 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. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice 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 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 will help improve your furnace’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help enhance 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. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Central Air Inc offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Portland Metro.