North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On December - 1 - 2018 0 Comment

Throughout the winter, your furnace may turn on and off frequently to moderate the temperature in your home. You understandably want the furnace to be a reliable source of much-needed heat, and you need to promote energy efficiency in the process. Proper heating system maintenance is essential to accomplish these goals. These are a few of the steps you can take to ensure that your furnace is ready for heavy use this winter.

Check the Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide poisoning can have fatal consequences. Because this gas may be emitted by your furnace and is impossible to detect by sight or smell, the use of a carbon monoxide detector in your home is essential. Test the detector according to manufacturer recommendations before turning your furnace on for the first time, and replace the batteries to ensure the uninterrupted function of the detector throughout the winter.

Replace the Air Filters

Now is also a great time to replace the air filters. The efficiency of the furnace is impacted by its ability to blow air through the vents without unnecessary blockage. When air filters are dirty, airflow is impeded. This creates inefficiency and places an unnecessary burden on the furnace as it strives to maintain your home’s temperature at an ideal setting. Air filters ideally will be replaced monthly or as recommended by the filter manufacturer. Mark your calendar or set a reminder to avoid overlooking this important maintenance task.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

While these previous steps are do-it-yourself projects that can be completed in a matter of minutes, your furnace equipment also should be professionally serviced by a licensed HVAC technician each year. Furnace maintenance service may remove dirt and dust from the equipment. It may include ensuring that the hoses and pipes are in working order, that the pilot light is lit and more. Any pending furnace repair issues that may present a problem in the winter may be addressed now before they become serious problems by a certified professional.

Maintaining your furnace is an essential step to take before you rely heavily on this equipment for necessary warmth on frigid winter days. Each of these steps plays an important role in the overall condition and operation of your furnace. Focus your attention on each step soon for the best results with your heater this winter, and repeat these steps each year going forward.


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