Energy Efficient Furnace

Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

If you have an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These inventive HVAC systems can help decrease the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter creeping upon us here in Oxford, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will work 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 Oxford only to discover it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working correctly. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help increase 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 smell strange odors coming from the heater after a couple minutes, 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 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 furnace’s air flow and can contribute 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 once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.

Try these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a replacement, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Oxford.

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