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 show its return on investement. These inventive HVAC systems can help decrease 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 Macon, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Macon only to realize it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working well. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the equipment 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 your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in 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. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters may 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed. Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re due for a replacement, Air Temperature Control offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Macon.