Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

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If you have 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 needed to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Marshfield, 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 maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.

The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Marshfield only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working correctly. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help enhance the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.

2. Check your heat exchanger.

Broken 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.

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 furnace’s air flow and may 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 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, House of Heating Incorporated offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Marshfield.

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