Monday, November 3, 2014

Keeping Warm: Home Furnace Maintenance Tips

During cold nights at Stony Plain, it’s not surprising that many people long to wrap themselves with a comfy blanket while sipping a hot mug of their favourite drink. Most home heating systems are centered on a furnace. Keeping it in good shape should be every homeowner’s objective—especially if they want to avoid being chilly at night. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:

  • Regularly replace the air filter. Furnace filters ensure that the air that flows into and out of the furnace is free from dust, dirt, and lint, however, this means that these trapped particles accumulate on the filter. A dirty filter can make it difficult for air to freely leave and enter the furnace. Replacing or cleaning the filter on a regular basis is a great way to ensure your furnace is doing its job well.
  • Annual maintenance visits from professionals. You’ll want someone knowledgeable in your furnace’s operation to look it over. This annual inspection can head off any potential problems and can tune-up your furnace so that it can perform efficiently. Cleaning can also be done since dirt buildup inside the furnace will cause less-efficient heating.
  • Schedule your maintenance checks before peak seasons of usage, which is usually winter. This ensures your furnaces are working properly and prepares them for the heavy use they will be going through.

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