With the approach of cooler weather, you might have thought about your furnace for the first time in months. Perhaps you even had to turn it on briefly in the mornings to take the chill out of your home's air as your family rushed through its morning routine. The following tips can help ensure that your furnace gets you through this winter in comfort.
Schedule a checkup now
It's important that your furnace undergoes regular maintenance to catch potential issues that might cause it to be less efficient this winter. Scheduling a checkup also helps prevent unexpected malfunctions. During this visit, the HVAC technician will check the furnace's parts and mechanisms to determine if they have reached their lifespan and replace them as needed.
Perform Home Maintenance
In addition to calling out the professionals, there are plenty of things you can do on your own to prepare your furnace for the cooler months. The following are a few basics to do on a regular basis:
Change the filter regularly
Not only do your furnace filters trap dust and debris that's present in your indoor air to make it cleaner for you and your family, they also prevent these items from entering the inner workings of the furnace. Maintaining a regular monthly schedule of filters changes helps ensure that you don't forget.
Keep the furnace clear
Keeping the area around the furnace and its openings clear of foliage, leaves and other debris ensures that the air can flow freely throughout the vents. This helps extend the life of the furnace.
Clean the unit
The outside of the furnace can get dust and dirt on it. Use a hose pointed downward away from the inner workings of the furnace to wash these away.
By following these simple tips, you can help ready your furnace for the winter. They can also reduce the energy it uses. If you need professional furnace maintenance services, contact the team at AJR Baltimore today.