Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

November 04, 2014

If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the next few months are when it’s going to start paying for itself. These inventive HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in San Jose, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all season.

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 San Jose only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC products are safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the equipment 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 the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you notice 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 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 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.

Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, American HVAC Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you find the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in San Jose.