Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

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If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Waxahachie, 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.

You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Waxahachie only to discover it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working correctly. Regularly maintaining your equipment 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.

Broken 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 detect 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 working properly, 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.

It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters can help improve your equipment’s air flow and can contribute 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.

Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, C&C Refrigeration Inc. offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Waxahachie.

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