Do you ever give a second thought to your trusty furnace, that silent hero keeping your home cozy and warm during bitingly cold winters? If you’re like most of us, probably not, until you’re suddenly faced with a cold house and a non-operational furnace on the coldest day of the year.
Luckily, taking care of your furnace isn’t as hard as you think. From simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to knowing when to call in the pros for a comprehensive furnace service or repair, we’ve got you covered. Check out these seven handy tips that will turn you into a furnace care expert.
1. Clean or replace your filter
One of the first steps to superior furnace maintenance is keeping your filter clean or replacing it periodically. The filter works tirelessly to remove dust, pollen, pet dander and other particulates from the air before the furnace is heated. A well-maintained filter keeps these nasty particles out of your furnace and helps prevent premature aging or potential breakdowns.
Remember to replace your filter regularly for optimal furnace performance. Every 30-90 days should do the trick, depending on the quality and style of your filter. Check with your manufacturer for specific guidelines.
2. Check the blower motor
Think of the blower motor as your furnace’s heart. It powers the fan responsible for circulating warm air throughout your house. Regular checks can prevent unexpected breakdowns and ensure a quiet, efficient operation.
If you hear any unusual noises, it might be time for a furnace repair. A trusted technician can perform a thorough furnace check-up, diagnose the problem and have it fixed swiftly to prevent any interruption to your home’s comfort.
3. Secure your home's heating load
Now, let’s discuss your home’s heating load, which represents the energy needed to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Do you notice a draft? Your hard-earned heat might be escaping through cracks or gaps in your exterior walls. By insulating your home effectively, you reduce the load on your furnace, helping it work more efficiently and saving money on your energy bills.
Our friends at Rümi offer virtual home check-ups to help pinpoint areas of heat loss in your house. They can provide valuable recommendations, such as where weather stripping might be beneficial or where additional insulation, energy-efficient windows, or well-sealed doors could make a big difference.
4. Clear all vents
Keeping your vents clear is another essential aspect of furnace maintenance. A dirty vent makes your furnace work harder, which might add a bit to your energy bill!
Scan each room in your house – are the vents open? Blocked by furniture or dust? A swift vacuum and wipe-down can boost your furnace’s efficiency in no time.
5. Check the exhaust flue
If you have a gas furnace, the exhaust flue is crucial. It ensures harmful gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide are safely expelled from your home. A blocked or poorly maintained flue can lead to a buildup of these toxic gases, causing health hazards.
Ensure you get your exhaust flue checked by professionals during your annual furnace tune-up. If you suspect any issues, seek help immediately.
6. Remove flammable objects around your furnace
Your furnace is usually nestled away in a separate part of your home. While it may be tempting to store items around it, keep flammable items at a safe distance to avoid any accidents. Your furnace needs space – let it breathe!
7. Regularly schedule a professional furnace inspection
While there’s a lot you can do yourself to keep your furnace humming along happily, it’s also essential to let the pros take a look every now and then. You should have your furnace inspected by a professional at least once a year, preferably before the cold weather sets in. They’ll be able to spot potential issues that might be missed by the untrained eye. Plus, they can perform a thorough cleaning and tune-up, ensuring your furnace operates at peak efficiency all winter long.
Complete peace of mind for your home
Congratulations, you've now mastered the basics of furnace maintenance! With a bit of attention and care, your furnace will serve you well for years, providing you with cozy winters and lower energy bills.
Looking for more energy savings? Consider upgrading other appliances in your home to a more efficient, eco-friendly model to reduce your energy consumption and home energy bills.
If you want more peace of mind, check out Rümi’s Home Protection Plans. In addition to protection for your home systems and appliances, the plans give you access to a range of perks. We often have special offers and to find out what you may be eligible for, please reach out to our Customer Care Happiness Centre!