Now that the trees are losing their leaves and the temperatures are dropping, we turn to our home heating system for comfort. However, what most people don’t realize is that, like any other appliance, our furnace also needs regular care in order to perform at its best as well as to last longer. Having routine maintenance and furnace repairs performed will allow your furnace to breathe and run more efficiently, which will lower your energy bills and save you money.
When you schedule regular maintenance and repairs on your furnace, it helps to not only extend the life of the unit, but it also helps to maintain the warranty on your furnace. Since dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace, as it wastes fuel and considerably lowers your furnace’s efficiency, you can save money on heating costs as well as avoid expensive repairs in the future simply by keeping your furnace clean.
Whatever type of system you have, don’t wait until it breaks down to call for service. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life. Annual servicing by a professional is cheap—typically less than $200—especially when compared with the price of a new furnace. This will keep it running smoothly and alert you to any problem that’s developing. A tune-up takes a couple of hours and is well worth the money over the long term.
Because dirt affects all three basic components of your furnace: the filter system, the blower and the motor, your furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous use in order to keep your home cleaner and to prevent dirt and debris from getting into your blower and damaging it. The furnace’s filter traps dust that would otherwise circulate throughout the house. The filter gets clogged with dust, so the furnace must work harder. Changing or cleaning the filter once a month is a simple way to stay warm and save money.
Regular maintenance is imperative to a well-functioning and safely operating furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long. Schedule your annual furnace tune-up with a professional to keep it running safely and efficiently for many more winters to come.