Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to show its return on investement. 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 Corpus Christi, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a routine maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Corpus Christi only to realize it’s not working 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 the right way. Regular service visits will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help enhance 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 detect strange odors coming from the heater after a while, 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 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 may help improve your equipment’s air flow and can contribute 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 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 ready for a replacement, McNatt Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Corpus Christi.