If you read the title of this blog post and you’re wondering if cleaning and tuning up on your furnace is something you should be doing on a regular basis, not to worry! We don’t expect you to understand the intricacies of your furnace. That’s our job! But this does mean that it’s important for you to schedule routine furnace maintenance so that we can help you.
That all said, there is one small DIY furnace maintenance task you can do on your own, and that’s changing the air filter. The air filter that comes standard with your furnace is in place to protect the furnace from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components. This air filter should be changed every 1-3 months to ensure proper airflow for your heating system.
Beyond this basic step, professional furnace maintenance should be left to those with the experience and training to do it. Read on to learn why, and why regular cleaning and inspections are so important!
Investing in Furnace Maintenance
Routine professional furnace maintenance is an investment not only in your home comfort but in the efficacy, longevity, efficiency, and safety of your heating equipment. This isn’t to say that furnace is inherently dangerous–it’s not. But when not properly cared for, they can potentially become hazardous. This is particularly true for gas-powered furnaces, which have a component called the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger heats up with the help of combustion gases, and these combustion gases must never enter your indoor air. If this happens, your household could be exposed to harmful carbon monoxide (CO).
Read on to learn how the various steps of maintenance help with your overall home comfort and the performance of your furnace.
The Importance of Regular Inspections
Perhaps the most important reason you should invest in annual furnace maintenance is for the thorough inspection that our HVAC technicians provide. During maintenance, we inspect the system for signs of wear and tear in the system, and check that everything is operating as it should. If we see a problem of any kind, however small, we alert you to it. This gives you the opportunity to get furnace repairs on your schedule.
By scheduling furnace repairs right away instead of waiting for a symptom of a furnace problem, you lessen the chances that you’ll need a huge, expensive repair later on. It also reduces the chance that you’ll run into a safety problem, as we mentioned above.
The Importance of Regular Cleaning
Cleaning your furnace inside and out helps it work more efficiently. When dirt and grime cover the heat exchangers over the years, it can prevent the heater from effectively warming your home. As a result, your furnace will have to run longer in order to do its job and reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. This means it won’t work efficiently and you’ll be paying much more for your heating bills than you should have.
Should You Have Professional Duct Cleaning Done?
Having your ductwork cleaned by trained professionals every 2-3 years is another way to improve the overall efficiency and performance of your furnace. Pay less for heating bills, improve your indoor air quality, and help your furnace operate better by scheduling this service with our team!