It’s much easier to schedule maintenance than emergency furnace repair, especially in the middle of winter. To keep your furnace running efficiently and safely, you’ll want to make sure it is inspected by a licensed HVAC technician at Superior Home Comfort.
A high efficiency furnace will not only help you save money in the long run on energy bills, but will reduce the risk of needing heating repairs. Keep reading to learn how to keep your home furnace running efficiently this winter.
Program Your Thermostat for Cold Weather
The best way to save money this year is to program your thermostat for cold weather. This means setting your programmable thermostat for as low a temperature as is comfortable. The lower the temperature on your thermostat, the less energy your furnace will use to heat your home.
We recommend lowering the temperature for when everyone is out of the house. You may also want to lower the temperature in your home if you plan on going away on a winter vacation. Remember to keep the temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Change Dirty Furnace Filters
Your furnace filter is responsible for trapping allergens floating in the air like dust, dirt, pollen, and pet hair. However, you’ll need to make sure you change dirty furnace filters every 3 to 12 months so your furnace continues to run efficiently. The type of heating furnace you have in your home will determine how often you have to change the filter.
A dirty filter can cause your forced air furnace to run inefficiently. This is because your furnace has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat. Unfortunately, this can cause the house furnace to prematurely break down or drive up your energy bills in the meantime. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to schedule routine furnace service.
Make Sure Air Vents Aren’t Blocked
If you have rearranged furniture since the last time you ran your furnace, you’ll want to make sure there’s nothing blocking the registers, radiators, or baseboard heaters. It’s not uncommon for furniture (or even heavy curtains) to block air vents. If a room feels colder than the rest of your house, you’ll want to first make sure that nothing is blocking the air vents.
Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
We always recommend customers schedule their furnace tune-ups in the fall so that any repairs can be done before the first snow. However, it’s not too late to schedule maintenance if you haven’t done so already. A HVAC service technician will be able to change dirty furnace filters and do any necessary repairs. The cost of furnace maintenance is less than what you would pay for premature furnace replacement in the middle of winter.
The Grand Ledge HVAC technicians at Superior Home Comfort are dedicated to making sure your furnace works this winter by offering a range of heating and cooling services. If you wish to schedule a furnace inspection, or have questions about your home heating system, call our office at (517) 925-1343.