Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to show its return on investement. These innovative HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Chadron, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all season. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Chadron only to find out it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help improve 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. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important component 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 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 system’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 ready for a replacement, MPC Heating & Cooling offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Chadron.