During cold winter months, you depend on your home’s furnace to keep you and your loved ones safe and comfortable. As one of the most important systems in your home, you want to make sure you take care of your furnace to ensure it operates reliably for as long as possible.
Here are three tips that you should follow this winter to properly maintain your furnace:
- Examine and replace filters: It’s recommended to check your air filters at least twice a year and change them out if they appear dirty or broken. A filter that has been in use for a long time will collect debris and obstruct the amount of airflow that your furnace has access to. This causes strain on the furnace and often increases utility bills as the appliance is using more energy to effectively heat the home.
- Manage surrounding area: Your furnace should be kept in a space that has good ventilation and stays relatively cool. It shouldn’t be touching any walls or surrounding objects. Generally, try to keep about 30 inches of space between the furnace and surrounding items. It’s also important that you not store flammable materials, such as paint, paper, aerosol cans, or cleaning products, near your furnace.
- Schedule regular cleanings and inspections: Your furnace will benefit greatly from yearly professional maintenance. During a standard inspection and maintenance service, your furnace technician will likely clean the appliance, lubricate moving parts, and inspect the thermostat, electrical connections, and other essential components.
If you want to learn more about furnace maintenance or are looking for a furnace cleaning, repair, replacement, or installation services, contact our team at Premier Home Comfort today!