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6 Steps to Fall Furnace Maintenance

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With autumn well underway and winter around the corner, now is the best time to have your furnace serviced. Working with an expert to maintain your furnace will keep it working safely and efficiently all through the colder months. Here’s what you can do to keep your home warm:

  1. Inspect Your Furnace

At the beginning of fall, it’s important to check on the condition of your furnace. Are there any signs of damage? Does it make a strange noise during operation? Keeping an eye on potential issues can be the difference between needing a simple repair or a completely new furnace.

  1.  Check Your Air Filter

You may have noticed that your furnace has gotten dirty over the summer. Getting it professionally cleaned may not be a bad idea, but we recommend taking the time to check your air filter.

During high periods of heavy use, it is good practice to check the air filters every month. Your furnace’s poor performance might come down to a clogged filter, and replacing it with a clean one can have dramatic results. Furnace filters usually last about three months on average, but depending on your usage volume or if you have pets,  you may need to replace them more often.

  1. Clear Clutter

As a safety precaution, Tthe area surrounding your furnace must be kept clear. Fall maintenance provides an opportunity to re-organize and remove any storage items that have piled up near the furnace.

Carpets, rugs, and furniture also have a way of creeping over vents. Providing your vents with a little more space will heat your home more effectively without wasted energy.

  1. Clean Vents

While you’re freeing up space around your vents we recommend opening them up. Everything from dust to pet hair, to food scraps, can end up in your vents. Vacuuming out this debris removes heat absorbing obstructions from your vents and maximizes the energy you receive from your furnace.

  1. Set Your Thermostat Strategy

This is easy with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set different heating schedules or times for from weekdays or weekends.

However, you don’t need to install a programmable thermostat to save you energy. Set a reminder to adjust the heat to correspond to times for when your home is vacant or occupied. Setting your thermostat back ten degrees at night – for eight hours or so – can make a significant decrease in your heating cost.

  1. Consult With an HVAC Expert

The best way to learn more about furnace maintenance is to talk to the HVAC experts. Contact Aire One Heating & Cooling with questions about how you can best maintain your furnace so it continues to work effectively when you need it most.

We can help you with all your HVAC needs, whether it’s repairing an old model or installing a new furnace. In either case, it’s always best to start your fall furnace maintenance early so you’re not caught in the cold this winter.

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