The furnace consumes about 45% of the energy used by the average American family. Having your furnace serviced regularly is crucial if you want it to function at its best. Several factors go into making the correct equipment and keeping it in good condition.
The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Furnace
In general, many people wait until a problem emerges before taking action. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use your equipment for weeks on end if you detect an issue when in regular use. Using this helpful checklist, you can keep up on the status of your furnace.
1. Replace or Clean Out Your Filter
You can’t expect your furnace to function as efficiently with a blocked air filter. Depending on the state of your furnace, it is advised that you change your air filters every 30 to 90 days.
2. Keep the Blower Motor Working Correctly
The blower motor drives the fan that circulates the furnace’s air. The blowers in most furnaces also supply air for the cooling system.
After the heating element in the furnace has heated the air to the desired temperature, the motor pushes the hot air through the heat exchanger. Warm air is distributed throughout the house as a result.
The air filter is inserted into the blower of the furnace. An improperly maintained blower motor can malfunction due to its many moving parts. Humming that is both persistent and deafening is frequently caused by an electrical problem.
Having a skilled expert on your side can help you identify and fix the problem.
3. Reduce the Energy Used to Heat the House
One of our HVAC professionals can conduct a home energy audit to identify your home’s weak spots so that you can make the necessary repairs to improve its efficiency. Structural weaknesses can let cold winter air in your house.
It is possible to lower the amount of heat needed to keep your home at a suitable temperature. Utilizing cutting-edge tools and infrared cameras, a heating professional can help you determine the most pressing problems in your home and the best locations to make improvements.
You may want to hire a heating professional for tasks like weather-stripping windows, sealing air ducts, and insulating your attic.
4. Inspect All of Your Home’s Vents to Ensure They Are Clear
You can sleep soundly if your vents are clear and functioning correctly. Any furniture, boxes, or other household items should not obstruct your home’s ventilation system.
If a duct is blocked or closed, the furnace will operate harder and more inefficiently, leading to early damage. It is essential to ensure that the exhaust flue from a gas furnace can reach the outside.
Maintenance of an exhaust flue is necessary to prevent carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide emissions. Your furnace’s exhaust may contain these three components that haven’t been serviced.
Your flue may leak combustion gasses if there are obstacles or back drafting. Don’t hesitate to call a professional if you have any doubts about the situation.
5. Remove Anything That Could Catch Fire from the Vicinity of Your Furnace
The basement, crawl space, or storage room are all familiar places to find a furnace. There are no storage containers constructed around your furnace. You should not keep clothing, paint, aerosols, and other combustible household materials near your furnace at any time.
Following these practical tips will help you take good care of your furnace and ensure its longevity. Regularly changing your furnace’s air filter, checking the blower belt for wear and tear, and scheduling annual tune-ups are all essential steps.
Additionally, ensuring that your furnace is adequately ventilated and that nothing is blocking the vents will aid in maintaining your furnace and keeping it in good working condition. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your furnace will continue providing heat and warmth for years.
Contact Holtkamp Heating & Air if you need furnace repairs. We provide heating system repair and replacement services to consumers in Buford, Suwanee, Duluth, Lawrenceville, and many other cities in Gwinnett, Jackson, and Hall counties. Get in touch with us immediately to get your heating system up and running.