A well-maintained furnace not only will keep your home more comfortable; it will do so more safely and efficiently than if it goes without regular maintenance. This means both annual professional maintenance – usually at the start of the heating season – and various homeowner maintenance steps. Following are some relatively simple tips for maintaining your furnace:
- Check the furnace filter every month – and even more frequently during very cold weather. Hold it up to a light; if you have trouble seeing the light through the filter membrane, replace the filter with a new one. A clogged filter will impede heating system airflow, forcing the furnace or heat pump to work harder and use more energy to heat your home.
- Inspect visible sections of ductwork and heating registers and vents. Look for poor connections and other leaks in the ducts, and use high-quality metal tape or mastic sealant to secure the sections. Consider calling in an HVAC professional to inspect and repair your ducts, since problems occurring in the section you can see suggest similar problems in duct sections that you can’t see. Make sure no furniture, rugs, drapes or other items are blocking heating vents and registers. If dust devils are blowing out of registers, you might need a comprehensive duct cleaning.
- Lubricate moving parts in the blower and other mechanical components of your heating system.
- Check the thermostat against an indoor thermometer to make sure it’s registering the correct temperature in your home. Thermostats as they age can lose their calibration, and start misreading the temperature, making effective climate control nearly impossible.
- Perhaps most importantly, don’t let your heating system go too long without professional maintenance. During a maintenance tuneup, the technician will clean and lubricate all the equipment, inspect belts and electrical connections, and check and adjust airflow if necessary. For your furnace, they will inspect the ignition, combustion and exhaust phases, to make sure the whole process is working safely, effectively and efficiency.
For more advice on maintaining your furnace, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing superior service to Monmouth County.
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