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 start paying for itself. These state-of-the-art 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 months approaching here in Ontario, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the season. 1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Ontario only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC professional inspect your equipment, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Regular service visits will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help enhance 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. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a period of time, 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 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 furnace’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help improve 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. Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Stan's Heating, Inc offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Ontario.