Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter11/04/2014If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter months approaching here in Cedar Rapids, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively throughout the 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 Cedar Rapids only to realize it’s not operating 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 the right way. Regular service visits 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. Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with your home’s air, which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check 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 component 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. When’s the last time you changed your filter? Now is the time. Clean filters may help improve your furnace’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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed. Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Ilten's Incorporated offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Cedar Rapids.