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 really pay off. 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 drawing nearer here in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will run efficiently and effectively all season. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in the Upper Rio Grande Valley only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working well. Regular service visits will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well. 2. Check your heat exchanger. Broken or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell 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 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 can help improve your furnace’s air flow and could 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 winter. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Cytech Heating & Cooling offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in the Upper Rio Grande Valley.