The colder months will be upon us soon. There’s no time like the present to make sure your furnace will keep your family warm this winter. Here are a few tips to keep your furnace running smoothly.
DIY Furnace Maintenance
Many tasks in keeping your furnace in good running condition can be done by you. They don’t take long to do but can save you a costly technician emergency visit if done regularly.
Changing the Furnace Filter. Filter furnaces need to be changed regularly. If not, the furnace works harder to heat your home. For the best efficiency, you should change your filter monthly, especially during the winter months.
Clean Your Heating Ducts. Vacuuming out the heating and other ventilation ducts will ensure that the furnace doesn’t need to work as hard, and eliminates any fire danger.
Make Sure Your Thermostat is Working Properly. Your thermostat should be free of dust and dirt build-up to keep the connection between the temperature setting and the furnace.
Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clear of Clutter. Your furnace needs to have a clear area around it for the air intake to work properly.
While these simple tips save you money, there are some things a professional contractor can check during an annual furnace tune-up.
A Professional Tune-Up
Having your furnace maintained by a professional contractor ensures that all areas of the unit are functioning properly. The contractor will check things such as components for electrical connections. They’ll make sure the furnace walls are sound, and that the inside compartment of the unit is free of dust and debris. They’ll oil all necessary areas of the furnace to ensure proper working function. They may also check the heating ducts to make sure all areas of the units are closed off for proper heat distribution.
We don’t think of our furnaces year-round, but doing a few simple maintenance tasks throughout the year can save you money.