Furnace Maintenance In the Winter
Everything You Need to Know About Furnace Maintenance During the Winter Season
Often one of the most neglected systems of the home, many of us never even consider performing maintenance on our furnaces until they have a malfunction or have stopped working altogether. Nevertheless, with the winter months finally upon us, ensuring your furnace is functioning on an optimal level is important for the health of your family as well as your wallet. That said, the following is a list of tips that will tell you everything you need to know about maintaining your furnace during the winter season.
Check Your Air Filters
One of the top ways to tune-up and maintain your furnace is to check and replace the air filter. This is one of the main causes of unexpected break downs and costly repairs. Additionally, if your furnace is operating using a dirty, clogged air filter, it will likely fail to function to its full capacity which may cause your home to feel drafty or you may have to use more energy to ensure your home is sufficiently heated. Generally speaking, you should check your air filter every 30 days and change it as often as needed.
Check the Pilot Light
If you have an older furnace, be sure to check your pilot light regularly. The flame should always be bright blue in color and appear to be strong and steady. If it is a different color or seems to be dwindling, you need to contact a professional as soon as possible.
If you do not yet have a programmable thermostat, you should purchase one as soon as possible. This is one of the best ways to ensure your home is optimally heated all while helping to lower your monthly energy bill. This is because they can help reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your furnace by keeping your temperatures steady, which prevents your furnace from being overused over the years. Programmable thermostats are relatively inexpensive and can allow you to set your furnace to be higher or lower, depending on the time of day or week. For instance, if you are frequently away on weekends, you may want to set your furnace for lower temperatures on weekends and higher during the week.
Keeping it Clean
You should always keep the area around your furnace clean and free of debris for a couple of reasons. First of all, most furnaces use gas for fuel. If there is some unforeseen malfunction, this could cause a massive fire that could totally destroy your home. Additionally, by ensuring that there are 3 to 5 feet of open space around your furnace, it will function much more smoothly because this will allow the air to flow more freely.
Check Humidity Levels
You may notice that the air in your home feels drier during the colder months. This is because heat transfers better when there is sufficient humidity present. Therefore, you may need to have your humidifier serviced or may even need to purchase a new one, in order to be able to lower your thermostat and allow you to fully reap the benefits of your furnace.
Schedule Regular Maintenance with Professionals
No matter how functional your furnace may seem, you need to have it serviced regularly by a professional in order to maintain optimal functionality. While D-I-Y maintenance can help you save some money, it is no substitute for having your furnace regularly serviced by a professional. A professional repairman can not only check for obvious and existing issues but they can also uncover undetectable problems, and let you know ahead of time which issues may need to be addressed in the near future.
Overall, if you are concerned about the functionality of your furnace, contact the pros at Mitch Craig Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation today.