Furnace Maintenance 101: The Basics

So, you know that you have a furnace and you hope that it’s working properly, and, until it stops working properly, that’s just about all you know about your furnace?

You should know the basics of your furnace so that you can know when schedule a tune-up BEFORE it breaks down!

Some are gas-operated and some are electric.

That’s the first thing you should know! If you have a gas furnace and haven’t been keeping an eye on it regularly, you could be missing some signals of serious trouble.  

What’s the difference? Electric units are usually less expensive to install, quieter, and have a longer lifespan than gas furnaces. They do, however, contribute to higher electric bills during cold months.

Gas furnaces can reach much higher temperatures in severely cold temperatures and can usually achieve warm temperatures throughout the home much faster than an electrical unit can. They require much more regular maintenance and pose the risk of exposing the home’s inhabitants to low levels of carbon monoxide.

Though it may seem that a gas furnace could operate even if a winter storm shuts down electricity to your home, that is not the case. Both gas and electric furnaces require electricity to operate.

There are pros and cons to each option – depending on factors like your climate, the size of your home, and what you’re able to afford.

If one part malfunctions, the whole system malfunctions.

…which is why it’s so important that you clean your filters! If your filters aren’t clean, not only will unclean air be dispersed throughout your house, but it will inhibit the efficient flow of air through your system.

If you’ve never done it before – here’s how to clean your air filters.

In addition to clean filters, here are the four other, most basic ways that you should regularly maintain your furnace:

  • Keep the furnace itself clean.
  • Get to know your pilot light. Sometimes, all you need to do is turn it back on for your system to start working again!
  • The thermostat. Seems silly, we know. But thermostats do go bad and you should know how to tell if yours has. Here are some tips!
  • Get regular inspections. We know that this just sounds like an HVAC company telling you to use our services, but we promise this is the best move. We take care of furnaces every day and can spot trouble in a cinch!

Are you worried about your furnace?

Making life easier for homeowners is what we do best. Go ahead and call us today to schedule your inspection, before it’s too late!

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