Furnace Maintenance and Safety
The cold winter months mean locking up the doors and windows and turning on the heat. Winter days are great for getting cozy by the fire or snuggling under a warm blanket with a good book. Most people heat their homes with either a boiler or a furnace. Furnaces heat air and distribute it through the home. To make sure that this system is operating effectively, safely and efficiently, it is best to take care of proper maintenance and safety checks.
Set up an Annual Inspection
If your home is heated by a furnace, it is important to have it inspected each winter before turning it on for the first time. A furnace works hard to heat your home all throughout the winter and it can easily wear down without proper maintenance. Furnaces should be cleaned each year.
Perform Specific Checks
Checking the thermostat settings will ensure that your furnace system works at the appropriate temperatures and saves energy when no one is home. Air filters should be inspected and changed once a month. Lubricating all moving parts will help your furnace function most effectively. All gas or oil connections, gas pressure and heater exchange should also be checked. Cleaning vents every few months is also important.
When to Replace Your Furnace
There are several signs that it is time to replace your furnace. For starters, if you find yourself taking care of reoccurring or frequent repairs, or if your energy bill has gone up, it may be wise to look into a new furnace. Any furnace that is more than 15 years old should be replaced. If some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold, if your system is loud or if your home has a problem with humidity, it may be a good idea to buy a replacement.