As cooler weather approaches, you may have concerns about your furnace working as it should. You may even be wondering how to make your furnace more efficient. You can do various things to ensure it works without issues this winter.
How To Maintain a Furnace
If you want to know how to maintain your furnace, here are some tips you can implement:
- Replace filters – Sometimes your filters may not always need to be replaced, but quickly observing them will give you the answer. Filters should be changed between three and 12 months to ensure their efficiency. The frequency will vary depending on the type of furnace you currently own. But you never want to leave a filthy filter in, since it can impact the way the furnace runs. This can create more damage.
- Organize an inspection – Be sure to organize and schedule any required maintenance before the fall even approaches. If anything needs to be repaired or replaced, be sure to have it taken care of before the winter comes. Frequent maintenance will save you money and help you catch problems that could get worse over time if not taken care of immediately.
- Set thermostat – Before the winter gets here, make sure that your thermostat is already programmed. If you keep the temperature to a relatively low temperature, you can save more money on your heating bills since your furnace will not use as much energy to keep your home warm. The opposite is also true. The higher you set your temperature, the more you will spend on heating costs. If no one is home, be sure to program your thermostat to a low temperature. But the best way to keep your pipes from freezing in the winter is to keep your thermostat higher than 55 degrees.
- Keep surroundings around the furnace clear – You may have made it a habit to store various things in your furnace room. However, to ensure and maintain proper airflow, it is wise to clear any items around your furnace. This could also create a safety hazard if you own a gas furnace. The same applies to your outside AC unit. Surrounding branches, trees, and bushes should be kept away from the unit to allow maximum airflow.
- Rely on the sun – The sun is your best friend during the winter months. This is because the trees no longer have any leaves on them, so it can warm your home easily. Keep those blinds open during the day and allow the sun’s rays to warm things up.
- Ensure drafts are fixed – Heat can easily escape through gaps in your windows and doors. If you notice any drafts in your home, be sure to have them sealed up prior to winter. This will keep your furnace from working harder.
- Keep humidity in check – Always ensure that the humidity levels in your home are at a good level to avoid your nasal passages from drying up and causing sinus infections. Low moisture levels in your home are also not good for the flooring in your home.
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