When you first install a new furnace in your home or business, it can seem like a miracle after your old heating system. A few years down the line, though, and you may be shivering a little, putting on more layers, and wondering what’s going on. Like any major appliance, a furnace needs repairs and maintenance, but don’t worry if your furnace is acting up. Able Appliance is here for all of your heating needs and make sure you’re getting the most value from your unit.
Have Your Furnace Regularly Inspected
You wouldn’t drive a car for years without getting an oil change, right? A furnace requires regular care to make sure all the parts are working properly and that your furnace is running efficiently. Before firing up your furnace for the winter, contact Able Appliance. Service calls are only $39.95, and we waive the fee if you do need repairs. We’ll make sure you’ll be warm and toasty during the cold weather months!
Regularly Change the Furnace Filter
A furnace filter helps remove particles from the air before going through your furnace and into your home. Not only does this make your air healthier to breathe, but it also helps stop dust, pet dander, and other particles from getting into your furnace. How often you need to change the filter depends on your unit, but you’ll likely need to change the filter once or twice during the winter. If you don’t change it, your furnace will not work as effectively and likely will run up your utility bill.
Keep Heat Moving
As you probably learned in grammar school, hot air rises. In your home, though, you don’t typically want your heat swirling around the ceiling. It may sound strange, but if your fan has a switch to reverse the blades this will force air upwards and move the heat away from the ceiling down towards the floor. You should feel warmer right away. You should also make sure all heating vents are clear and clean so there are no obstructions for the heat coming out.
Improve Efficiency with a Programmable Thermostat
Now that you’ve maximized the heat from your furnace, it’s also important to have control over when you’re heating your home. It may be easy to just switch on a manual thermostat control and leave it, but you’re likely losing money. A programmable thermostat lets you control when you want the most heat and helps reduce cost while you’re sleeping, away at work, or on vacation.
What’s also important to keep in mind is if you only have a thermostat set for one temperature that keeps the furnace working overtime, all the time. By giving your furnace some breaks at night or during the day, you’re prolonging the life of your furnace and saving even more money!