With summer ending and winter around the corner, you may be starting to think about getting your furnace ready for the cold season. Furnaces require regular maintenance throughout the fall and winter to help them work optimally. If you are unsure how to look after your furnace, we recommend calling a professional technician to perform a maintenance check.
Here are some things you can do to help maintain your furnace throughout the colder months:
- Replace Filters Regularly – Your furnace needs to have its filters replaced and cleaned regularly. Depending on the size of your house, you may need to replace the filters every 30 to 90 days. Checking the state of the filter every month will help you determine how often it needs to be replaced.
- Have Your Ducts Cleaned – In order for furnaces to properly heat and circulate airflow, your vents need to be free and clear. Having your ducts cleaned is the best way to keep your vents clean and keep the airflow circulating properly.
- Seal Up Drafts – A draft is an easy way to let the heat in your home out and raise your energy bills. Before the winter comes, search your house and attic for any drafty areas and do your best to seal them up. This will help your furnace and prevent it from working harder than it needs to.
- Schedule a Professional Check-Up – We recommend scheduling a professional furnace maintenance check-up once a year. Ideally this check-up will happen in the fall before turning on your furnace. This is the best way to prevent damage, repair anything that needs to be fixed, and ensure your furnace will run all winter long.
Furnaces can be tricky to look after, but with the right maintenance, yours will last for years to come. Give us a call if you have questions about furnace maintenance.