If the last couple of weeks have been any indication,
temperatures can change quite suddenly and quite drastically in the fall. With
temperatures having dropped about 20°, particularly at night, it’s vital that
you have a fully functional and efficiently operating furnace. This can only be
the case, though, if you take good care of it.
Fortunately, The Maynard Man is here to help you! Read on as
we uncover some of our top furnace care tips.
- Change Your
Air Filter: The air filter within your HVAC systems has a very important
role to play. It draws in air from your home, trapping particles like dust and
other debris in its mesh. This prevents your HVAC system from getting damaged.
But letting it go too long without changing it can create airflow problems.
Depending on the type of filter you have, it should be changed out every 1-3
- Check the
Weatherstripping around Windows and Doors: The air coming from your furnace
into your living space shouldn’t experience too much heat loss. But if you have
drafty windows and doors, it can. In fact, your furnace will have to run longer
and more frequently the more cold air is let inside. This is inefficient, and
will cost you far more than it should to run your heater.
Your Thermostat for Accuracy: Does it seem cooler in your house than your
thermostat says it is? Something is wrong with the communication between the
furnace and the thermostat, then. This can lead to inefficient operation. If
you suspect your thermostat is outdated, miscalibrated, or otherwise damaged
give us a call.
the Batteries in Your Smoke and CO Detectors: This may not seem like a
furnace tip, but it’s actually a furnace safety
tip. Gas-powered heaters are not inherently dangerous. Nor are electric
systems. But both create potential hazards when not cared for properly. Aging
gas furnaces can experience harmful carbon monoxide leaks. Degrading electric
furnaces provide and electrical fire risk. With proper care and maintenance,
which we’re about to touch on below, you won’t have to worry about these risks.
However, it’s always best to be prepared! This is definitely a case of “better
safe than sorry.”
BONUS TIP: Schedule Your Heating Maintenance Appointment!
If you haven’t already, schedule a tune-up. During heating
maintenance, our team comprehensively inspects, cleans, and adjusts your
heater. When we inspect it, we check for signs of wear and other potential
repair needs. We’ll alert you to these needs right away so you can schedule
Scheduling your heater tune-up now, in the fall, instead of
waiting for winter to hit is advantageous for a couple reasons. First, our HVAC
techs are less likely to be busy with emergency service calls. This means you
can schedule maintenance at your convenience.
Second, it will give you plenty of time to schedule the aforementioned repairs
at your convenience.