The furnace is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. It's a necessity that you don't want to have to live without, so maintaining it is important to keep it running properly and efficiently and to help prevent breakdowns. See below for some of these maintenance tasks you should be doing to your furnace.
Change The Furnace Filter
Your furnace filter helps catch particles from the air and prevent them from blowing back into your home through your ventilation system. Particles such as pet dander, dust, and other debris can get caught up in the filter. The filter can get pretty dingy and dirty, and a dirty filter can block air flow to your furnace, causing it to work overtime. This can be hard on your furnace motor and could cause it to shut down all together. Be sure to change your furnace filter often (once per month) and check it often if you have pets in your home or anyone with breathing problems. Replace the filter with a properly fitting filter, and in the same way you took it out. There are arrows on the filter telling you which way to put it back in. You can tell when a filter needs to be replaced by holding it up to the light. If you cannot see any light through it, it's time to replace it.
Clean Your Furnace
Just like the filter, your furnace itself can get cluttered with dust, dirt, and other debris. Turn off your furnace and shut off the gas, then open up the panel on your furnace. You should be able to see the inside of your furnace at this point. Take a vacuum along with the attachments and gently vacuum up the inside of the furnace to remove as much dust and debris as possible. Then replace the panel, turn the gas on and turn your furnace back on.
Vacuum the vents around your home to prevent dust and dander from getting to your furnace. Be sure to remove anything blocking your vents as well, such as furniture, curtains and other items to help with air flow. Using a shop vacuum and the hose attachment, vacuum your vents as far in as you can reach to remove as much debris as you can.
Maintaining your furnace and keeping filter and vents clean will help keep your furnace running properly and efficiently. Contact a professional HVAC company like Total Comfort Heating & Cooling for other ways to maintain your furnace.