Tips for Maintaining Your Furnace This Winter

Tips for Maintaining Your Furnace This WinterFewer things are worse than having your furnace malfunction in the dead of winter. The good news is maintaining your furnace can go a long way toward keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Here are some excellent tips to keep your heating system operating in tip-top shape:

Change the Furnace Filter

Over time, dirt and dust accumulate on the filter. As a result, its ability to clean your indoor air diminishes. Your furnace also works harder to circulate air through the filter, leading to higher energy costs. Avoid these problems by replacing your furnace filter each month.

Oil the Moving Parts

Take the time to lubricate your system’s important moving mechanisms to help the system operate at maximum efficiency. Take care not to over-lubricate, though.

Inspect the Tension Belt

Is your furnace running louder than usual? The tension belt may be misaligned. Check the belt and replace it if it’s worn or frayed.

Check for Duct Leakage

Leaks in your ductwork can cause uneven heating and high utility bills due to significant energy loss. Check for leaky air ducts regularly. If you notice any leaks, have them sealed professionally.

Clean the Air Vents

Your air vents can become clogged with debris. Blocked ventilation can make the deadly carbon monoxide gas leak into your home. Be sure to clean your vents periodically.

Check Your Thermostat

Is there a mismatch between the thermostat setting and your home’s temperature? Your heating system won’t function properly if the thermostat isn’t working correctly due to issues such as dirt and improper calibration. To ensure accurate calibration, have an HVAC technician check your system to detect and fix any possible issues.

Besides improving your comfort during the colder winter months, maintaining your furnace will help you save on energy bills and make your home safer and healthier. If you need help with furnace maintenance in the Long Island area, don’t hesitate to contact the home comfort experts at Cool Power.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.