Energy Efficient Furnace

Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These innovative 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 Gresham, we’ve prepared some essential 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 won’t want to start the season by turning on your furnace on the first cold day in Gresham only to realize it’s not working properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC equipment is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the equipment operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.

2. Check your heat exchanger.

Fractured or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply 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 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 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 enhance 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.

Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Honke Heating & AC offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Gresham.

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