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Temperatures have been dropping, and winter is quickly approaching. So, you’ve probably already turned on the heat. If you’re lucky, your furnace is in good condition and ready to keep you warm all season. But how can you be sure your furnace is prepared to last all winter?
To make sure you and your family stay warm this winter, we have 5 tips to help you keep your furnace healthy and fully-functioning.
1. Check the age of your furnace
A quality furnace will typically last 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is older than this or approaching old age, monitor it closely this winter. If it’s not already time to replace it, you should plan to have it checked and replaced by a professional within the next year or two. If you wait too long, you could be forced to replace it urgently, which could leave you in the cold and cost you more money.
2. Clean or replace the air filters
Many people take the air filters in their furnace systems for granted. But they are far too important to overlook. Air filters collect allergens, dust and dirt from the air inside your home, keeping them out of the air you breathe. They also ensure your heating system remains clean. But since their job is to get dirty, they must be cleaned and replaced regularly. Check your air filters. If they look dirty, they could be blocking the airflow of your furnace system and forcing it to work harder than it should. Clean or replace the air filters at least once a year.
3. Pay attention to unusual noises
Never ignore strange noises coming from your heating system. Heating systems are supposed to operate silently or with a low level of sound. If you hear loud noises or unusual humming noises, you could have a heating problem that should be addressed right away. Air could be trapped in the system, limescale could be building up, or the heating pipes could be malfunctioning. Whatever the cause might be, contact a professional to investigate and repair the problem as soon as possible.
4. Clear the area around air vents
Your furnace needs air to work properly. If the area around the air vents is blocked by furniture, curtains or another obstruction, the furnace will need to work harder to heat your home. During the winter months, make sure the area around the air vents is clear and free of dirt and dust. This will keep you warm and extend the life of your furnace.
5. Schedule annual maintenance
If your heating system hasn’t already had its annual check-up, it’s not too late. Schedule an appointment to have a professional take a careful look at your furnace. Your technician will thoroughly clean the system, check its efficiency, and make sure all its parts are working properly. If any parts need replacing, now is the best time to take care of it.
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