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 state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Tuscaloosa, we’ve prepared some simple 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 Tuscaloosa only to realize it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained 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. 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 component of creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions properly, 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. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters will help improve your equipment’s air flow and can contribute 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 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 in need of a replacement, KDM Service Corporation offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Tuscaloosa.