Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter Posted November 4, 2014 If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Phoenix, we’ve prepared some helpful steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again. 1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Phoenix only to discover it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working well. Regular service visits will not only help the furnace 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 your home’s air, which could lead to 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 couple minutes, 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 system’s air flow and may lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help increase the furnace’s energy efficiency, so consider upgrading if you’re currently using a flat filter. We recommend checking your filter at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed. Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Phoenix.