Your furnace is one of the most dependable appliances in your home. However, improper maintenance can cause your furnace to not only breakdown, but to also run inefficiently, meaning higher energy bills and a big dent in your monthly budget. Luckily, you can save your unit from a major malfunction and keep your budget intact by performing a few easy maintenance steps. The tips provided below will keep your system running smoothly and your family warm all winter long.
Get a yearly furnace inspection
Scheduling a yearly furnace check-up is key to safeguarding your system against major repairs. During a tune-up, an HVAC technician will inspect your unit for operational issues and worn components. They will also thoroughly clean your furnace. Both maintenance tasks are essential to your system running safely and efficiently throughout the winter.
Change the air filter
A dirty air filter can lead to an inefficient and overburdened furnace. Simply put, a filter protects your unit’s internal components from dust and other airborne particles. If you do not change the air filter on a regular basis then a build-up of dirt will occur, which can lead to your furnace malfunctioning, while also causing the air quality in your home to drop. Generally, you should change the furnace’s filter at least every three months. However, if you have a pet or a family member with allergies, you may want to replace the filter more frequently.
Clean the area around your furnace
While every inch of storage space in your home is a coveted commodity, the area around your furnace should not be used to stash holiday decorations or cardboard boxes. Clutter surrounding your furnace is a fire hazard and should be eliminated immediately. Vacuuming or sweeping the area on a regular basis is also a must. An overabundance of dirt and dust in the area can eventually affect your furnace’s performance.
A well maintained furnace means less money spent on repair bills and wasted energy. If you would like to schedule a yearly furnace inspection, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you!