Is Your Furnace Ready For The Holidays?
Love spending the evening cozied up by the fire? It can be a wonderful experience when you work it into your plans. But if your furnace is broken and you are relying on it for heat, it can be an entirely different kind of experience.
Keeping your heating system in peak condition all winter long doesn’t take a lot of work, but it does take a little foresight. Before the chilliest days of the year arrive, before your guests start arriving for the holidays, take action instead.
The first step in preventative maintenance is to replace your furnace filter. It may seem like an obvious step, but it’s one that many homeowners overlook. Replacing your filter once per season, more depending on your lifestyle, can not only add years to the life of your furnace, but help clean up your air too.
A standard furnace filter, also known as spun fiberglass filter, is your least expensive option. You can pick them up at any hardware or even big box store. While they work for collecting dust, you will have to upgrade to pull smaller particles out of the air. A slightly more expensive filter can offer as much as eight times the filtering capability and help clean the air of more common home allergens.
With the basics covered, it’s time to ensure your heating system is operating as efficiently as possible. And you don’t have to head to the basement or crawlspace to do it.
Your thermostat monitors the temperature of your home and communicates with the furnace to tell it how frequently to run. How old is your thermostat? Is it programmable? Is it a smart device? Like everything in your home, there are plenty of good reasons to upgrade. A smart thermostat can help you operate your home as efficiently as possible, heating your home at different intervals when you’re at home and awake, during the night while you’re sleeping, and while you’re away at work. It can track your savings and provide you with reports on your use and make suggestions to help you save.
When you adjust your thermostat, it should turn on the furnace immediately. It should also adjust based on the temperature of your inside air. If you feel the thermostat isn’t operating your furnace properly, a problem could exist with the connection. A professional technician can determine where the problem is and make the necessary corrections.
You should also check the airflow within your home. As guests arrive and leave, they can move furniture or adjust drapery. Your vents can be blocked from allowing conditioned air to flow freely. Holiday decorations are often tucked out of the way and can block vents from freely providing conditioned air. Blocking vents not only prevents heat from getting out, but it also can cost you money as you crank up the heat to compensate. Over time, this can impact the functionality of your furnace, allowing it to burn out well before its time.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing for some homeowners is trying to find the right HVAC contractor during the heart of the holiday season. Instead of waiting for the worst to occur, be proactive and have your furnace tuned and maintained today.