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 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 Vancouver, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all season. 1. Schedule a regular 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 Vancouver only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working well. Regular service visits will not only help the product 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 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 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 functions properly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to provide your family with 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 can 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 monthly to see whether it needs to be changed. Follow these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC offers a number of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Vancouver.