Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Moline, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all season.

1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.

The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Moline only to find out it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the furnace 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns 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 while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part of 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 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 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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed.

Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Moline.