The beginning of the year is an ideal time to take care of many routine domestic maintenance tasks, such as changing the batteries in your carbon dioxide and smoke detectors and changing the furnace air filters. Considering that you will be spending more time indoors during the cold winter months, scheduling your heating system repair can be a major energy saver while improving the air quality and comfort in your home.
It is only natural that your heating bills will increase during winter. But with your heating unit working overtime, any emergency furnace repair costs can easily through your budget off track. Fortunately, there are few measures you can take to optimize the efficiency of your furnace and reduce the risk of emergency repairs:
Replace The Air Filters
The air filters are one of the most important components of your heating furnace, and keeping them clean and free of dirt, dust, and other debris is vital for proper and optimal function. The air filters easily become clogged with various different types of airborne pollutants and should be regularly inspected, cleaned or replaced as need be.
Replacing the air filters is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself. However, make sure that you install the right filter for your furnace to ensure smooth air flow, optimal furnace performance, and reduced risk of costly repairs.
Use The Thermostat To Stabilize The Temperature
Although the thermostat allows you to adjust the indoor temperature to your liking for optimal comfort, it is recommended that you set it to a stable temperature for optimal performance of your furnace.
Find a specific indoor temperature where you feel most comfortable and set your thermostat accordingly. Frequently adjusting the temperature causes the furnace to work a lot and is more likely to develop a major fault.
Clean The Furnace Blower Area
When changing the filters, remember to inspect and clean the furnace blower of dust, dirt, and other airborne pollutants that may clog the blower and cause the furnace to work harder to circulate air. This in turn reduces the risk of a break down and costly furnace repair.
Lastly, Schedule Routine Professional Furnace Inspection
It is important that you get a professional to inspect your furnace and ensure that it’s ready to keep you and your family warm during the cold months. The technician will check all components of the unit to ensure they are in good condition, and repair/replace those that need fixing. Timely heating system repair will help reduce the risk of emergency repairs that expose you and your loved ones to extreme cold and disrupt your budget.