Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to really pay off. These inventive 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 drawing nearer here in Moline, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 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 Moline only to find out it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working the right way. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Fractured 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 detect strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important part 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 provide your family with 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 will help improve your furnace’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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed. Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, J.L. Brady Company LLC offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Moline.