Nobody wants to get stuck in the extreme cold without proper heat. Unfortunately, your furnace can be a breeding ground for airborne contaminants and other environmental health hazards.
Always keep your furnace tuned up to keep it in good running order. If you’re not looking to fully replace your furnace, the following tips will help you keep it in good working sufficiently:
Allstate recommends consumers take care of their furnace if you expect it to take care of you. A pre-season checkup can keep your furnace running in top condition.
Professional HVAC technicians have the expertise to make sure your system is cycling correctly and your thermostat is working. If your heating contractor offers a free consultation, they will perform a series of tests on your unit to see how well it’s working or if replacement parts are needed.
Other maintenance on your furnace by a professional should include:
- Tightening loose electrical connections.
- Oiling moving parts.
- Changing the air filter.
- Checking all gas components.
- Checking for unusual & persistent noises.
Something to keep in mind: It’s always best to call a professional heating technician before the temperatures get frigid to avoid being delayed during the busiest time of year for many HVAC specialists.
Keep Your Vents Clean
Before you turn on your system, be sure to vacuum out your vents on the floor and in the ceiling. Remove any vent covers you have in place, open your vents, and use a standard vacuum to get rid of pet dander, dust, and other harmful air pollutants.
Many homeowners aren’t aware of the amount of harmful pollutants that collect inside their ventilation system. When cleaning overhead vents be sure to wear goggles to avoid getting any debris in your eyes.
Cleaning out your vents and air ducts provide a free flow air system for your heat, Dirty vents and air ducts cause your furnace to work harder than it has to, increasing your chances of a furnace malfunction. All your registers should always be open and free of debris.
The heating experts at Thermacon Service are there to provide customers with an energy-efficient solution to their furnace upkeep. They understand how to check for wear-and-tear or make suggestions for a replacement model as well.
Slightly Lower Your Thermostat
Most people crank the heat up when it’s cold outside, but if you want to prolong the life of your furnace, the experts suggest lowering your thermostat. Consumers can save an average of 3% on their heating bill with every degree the furnace is lowered. Best of all, lowering the temperature means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home occupants warm.
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Regular maintenance, keeping your unit clean, and getting professional assistance will extend the life of your furnace. Speak with your local area furnace repair and installation professional to bring your HVAC system up to its most efficient and effective state.
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