Basic Home Heating Maintenance

There’s nothing worse than finding that your heating system doesn’t work when you need it most. Winters can be miserable without heat, and it can be difficult to schedule servicing during inclement weather.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure that your HVAC system is operating properly. Keeping your system well maintained helps keep it in good working order. It also helps you locate potential issues before they are able to become a much bigger problem. The following home heating maintenance tips can help.

Dirty or Clogged Filters

When the filters of your HVAC system are dirty or clogged, your system has to work much harder to heat your home. This causes excessive wear and tear on your system and can significantly affect your energy bills.

Filters should be checked and changed at least once a month. This might need to be done more frequently during periods of extended use. Please contact us if you are unsure how to change your system’s filters or if you do not know which filters are right for your system.

Regular Furnace Tune-Ups

It’s important to have your furnace checked at least once a year by a qualified technician. This helps you locate problems and ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency. Furnace tune-ups are typically performed in the fall, before the first time the furnace is turned on after summer.

Checking the Efficiency of Your Furnace

Sometimes, a furnace will not be able to properly heat your home no matter what you do to maintain it. If you’ve checked the air filters and had your system inspected by a technician, it’s important to consider the efficiency of your heating system. Older systems simply do not work as efficiently as newer models. Over time, they are often more expensive to run than to replace with a newer, energy efficient furnace.

You will also need to consider the size of your furnace in relation to your home’s heating demands. A furnace that is too small or too big will not be able to properly heat your home and can end up costing more on your energy bills.

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