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How To Maintain Your Furnace: Tips For Homeowners

by Yolanda White

As the temperature starts to drop, it's important to make sure your furnace is in working condition. Nobody wants to wake up to a cold house, especially during the winter months. Not only can a properly maintained furnace prevent unexpected breakdowns, but it can also save you money on your energy bills. Here are some tips on how to maintain your furnace so that you can keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

Change Your Furnace Filters Regularly

One of the simplest ways to maintain your furnace is by changing its filter regularly. A dirty filter can cause many problems, including reduced airflow, lower indoor air quality, and even overheating of the furnace. It's recommended to change the filter every few months, depending on your usage and the type of filter you have. This simple step can keep your furnace running efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills.

Schedule Annual Professional Furnace Maintenance

While you can take some steps to maintain your furnace, it's important to schedule an annual professional maintenance service. A licensed technician can spot any potential issues before they turn into costly repairs and identify any dangerous situations such as carbon monoxide leaks. The technician can also clean and lubricate the parts to extend the life of your furnace.

Keep Your Furnace Area Clean

Dust particles, pet hair, and debris can accumulate around your furnace, reducing its performance and causing it to overheat. Regularly vacuum and dust the areas around your furnace — and make sure that there is nothing blocking the airflow. This will also help prevent fire hazards due to the accumulation of dust and debris.

Monitor Your Furnace Performance

Keep an eye on your furnace performance to identify any potential signs of trouble. If you hear unusual noises, notice unusual odors, or see any changes in the color of the flames, it's time to call a professional for help. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to further damage to your furnace and create dangerous conditions inside your home.

Consider Upgrading Your Furnace

If your furnace is old, it might be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. Newer models are more efficient, quieter, and offer more features such as programmable thermostats, which can adjust the temperature to meet your needs. Although there is an upfront cost to a new furnace, the energy savings and efficient operation can pay off over a few years.

In summary, maintaining your furnace is critical to keep your home safe and comfortable. If you're uncertain about the maintenance or operation of your furnace, you can call a local service like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.  for help.