Why Check on My Furnace?

It may live in the forgotten corner of the basement, but your furnace is one of your home’s most important appliances! Besides keeping you cozy all winter long, a well-running furnace uses less fuel and can help you save money on heating bills. So how can you give it more TLC throughout the year?

Annual Check-Ups

Just like you head to the doctor for an annual check-up, your furnace should get a check-up once a year, too. Just make sure it’s taken care of by a qualified technician. They should:

  • Inspect the thermostat for proper operation and calibration
  • Change or clean the air filter
  • Check all electrical components and controls
  • Vacuum dust from inside the furnace unit and clean the blades of the air filter
  • Oil motors as needed
  • Inspect the heat exchanger for possible cracks, which could allow carbon monoxide into your home
  • Check the air flow and the air/fuel mixture
  • Make certain that the flues and chimneys are properly connected, in good condition and not blocked

Ongoing Care

Ready to flex your homeowners’ muscles? Here’s how you can get the most out of your furnace on a day-to-day basis:

  • Program your thermostat so that it uses energy efficiently when you’re sleeping or out of the house
  • Change the air filters once a month during cold weather
  • Make sure your registers and vents are open
  • Vacuum the register and vent covers every couple months to remove dust and debris

Who knew your furnace was such a good friend to have? Take care of yours and pay it a visit now and then — it’ll make for a much happier home!

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