Not many people realize that a furnace can suffer from regular wear and tear, like any other items in the home. That’s why looking after your furnace should become second nature. In doing so, you can prolong its longevity and make it run more efficiently. When it’s more efficient, it won’t cost as much to operate. You’ll save money and benefit from a better working unit!
Here are some handy tips to get you started:
Clean or Replace the Filter
The job of a furnace filter is to prevent dust and hair from clogging up your furnace. After it’s been in place for a while, a furnace is more likely to become full of debris. When your filter is full, the furnace requires more energy to release air through a densely packed filter.
That’s why you should change your filter often. How often will depend on a few factors such as if you have pets, how often you clean, and even if you’ve recently undergone home renovations? Check your filter monthly. You’ll be able to see if there is a lot of dust on the surface. If so, you can replace the filter, or if your filter is reusable you can wash it. As a general guide, it’s recommended you change your filter every three months.
Leave Space Around Your Furnace
A lot of furnaces are kept in the basement. It is a good idea to keep a three to five foot area around your unit clear. This is more for safety than anything else. Plus, the more space that you have, the more room there is for the air to circulate.
Make Sure Your Ductwork is in Order
Ensure your ductwork is clean and regularly inspected for leaks and gaps. If it is poorly fitted, heat could be escaping. Check out your basement for exposed ductwork, looking for areas that may need repairs. If your ductwork needs cleaning, repair or replacement then it’s a good idea to call in the professionals.
Use A Programmable Thermostat
Utilizing a programmable thermostat allows your furnace to run more efficiently and you will save money in the process. You can program your thermostat to lower the temperature in your house while you are out or sleeping and then increase it to a more comfortable level when you return or wake up.
Insulation Around the Home
Curtains are a great way to prevent heat loss and keep your home warm. Close them at night. If you have south or west-facing windows, open them during the daytime to let the sunshine warm your home. Carpets and thick rugs are also great at keeping drafts out.
Get Regular Furnace Inspections
Every year you should be getting your furnace inspected to make sure it is running at its best. If not, you could be putting a strain on the rest of the system, causing issues down the road. If one of the parts becomes faulty you could end up with sudden, unexpected breakdowns.
Book Your Appointment
Maybe you’ve tried the tips above, but your furnace just isn’t cutting it anymore? Why not call Aire One today and let us help you out with a new furnace this winter. Or, visit us at one of our many locations.