Keeping your furnace running at peak performance not only keeps your home comfortable throughout the frigid winter months but can also help save on energy costs. Follow our simple steps to properly care for your furnace so that you and your family stay warm all winter long!

Get to Know Your Furnace

Knowing the type and model of your furnace is the first step to proper maintenance. Make sure to read your furnace’s user manual. By familiarizing yourself with your furnace and its operation, you’ll be better able to care for your furnace, preventing the need for furnace repairs.

Check and Replace Air Filters Regularly

Air filters keep your furnace running efficiently. Dirty air filters lead to a decrease in airflow, which reduces the performance of your furnace. According to Bob Vila, furnace filters should be inspected regularly and replaced every 30 to 90 days, so it’s important to stay on top of it.

Monitor Carbon Monoxide Levels

Monitoring carbon monoxide levels ensures the safety of you and your family. Install carbon monoxide detectors and test them periodically. Contact a specialist to inspect your furnace as often as required by local building code regulations.

Keep Vents Clear of Debris

Debris accumulates around the vents of your furnace and blocks air. To guarantee heating efficiency and safety, always make sure that the air intake and exhaust vents are free from blockages. By doing this, you’ll be able to prevent dangerous build-up that could occur in your home.

Schedule Professional Maintenance Visits Annually

To guarantee optimal performance, schedule annual maintenance. During the visit, a specialist will replace the air filter, adjust the blower fan, check key components, and more. They can provide expert advice on any recommended repairs or upgrades that will extend the life of your furnace.

Troubleshoot Common Issues

If you’re experiencing problems with your furnace, there are a few common issues that can be easily fixed. Check the thermostat to ensure it’s set correctly. Check the air filter to make sure it’s not dirty. Make sure all electrical switches and fuses are not burned out. A blocked ventilation duct could cause your system to overheat and shut down as well. If you find of these problems, make sure to contact a professional before attempting to remedy the solution yourself.

Proper care of your furnace will keep it running efficiently throughout the winter months. By following our simple steps, you will keep your home warm all winter long. Contact Midstate Plumbing Heating & Cooling today to get started with our services!

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