Furnace Maintenance: Tips to Keep Your Family Safe and Warm This Winter
It’s that time of year again when temperatures drop, and families all over the country are starting to crank up their furnaces. It’s essential to keep your family safe and warm during the winter. Maintaining your furnace is a great way ensure that you’re taking the necessary precautions to maintain your furnace so that it doesn’t break down in the middle of a cold snap.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your furnace running safely and smoothly this winter:
Schedule a professional inspection and tune-up:
This is the best way to ensure your furnace runs safely and efficiently. A professional can identify potential problems and make necessary repairs or adjustments. They can also provide you with advice on how to keep your furnace in good working order.
If you have any concerns about your furnace, it is best to contact a professional for an inspection. This way, you can be sure that everything is running smoothly and safely. A review can also help you determine if any other issues, such as ventilation or ductwork, need to be addressed.
It is important to remember that your furnace is an integral part of your home, and it should be treated as such. By learning about its maintenance and operation, you can extend its life and keep it running properly for many years.
Change your furnace filter regularly:
A dirty furnace filter can restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to, which can end up costing you more money in the long run.
To avoid this, checking and cleaning your furnace filter regularly is essential. Depending on your filter type, you may need to do this every few months.
If you’re unsure how to clean your furnace filter, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just follow these simple steps:
- Turn off your furnace and ensure it’s cool before starting.
- Remove the filter from its housing. Be careful not to touch the hot surfaces inside the housing.
- Vacuum or brush away any debris from the surface of the filter. If it’s filthy, you may need to soak it in hot water and soap to loosen the dirt.
- Rinse the filter with clean water and allow it to air dry completely before putting it back in the housing.
- Turn on your furnace and enjoy clean, efficient heating!
Keep the area around your furnace clear:
It’s important to keep anything that could catch fire (e.g., newspapers, rags, etc.) at least three feet away from your furnace. In addition, make sure that there’s plenty of clearance around the stove so that air can circulate properly.
Your furnace needs to have enough clearance so that air can circulate properly. Ensure anything that could catch fire (e.g., newspapers, rags, etc.) is at least three feet away from your furnace.
Don't use extension cords:
If you need to plug something into an outlet near your furnace, use a heavy-duty extension cord rated for the amperage of your furnace. Never use a lighter-gauge cord, as it could overheat and start a fire. We also recommend surge protectors; give us a call and we’ll get that set up for you.
If you have a natural gas or propane furnace, you’ll also need to have it serviced regularly by a professional. This is because these furnaces can build up deadly carbon monoxide gas. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how often your furnace is serviced.
If you have an electric furnace, you should still have it serviced regularly. Electric furnaces can also develop problems, such as a short circuit.
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:
You should be doing this regularly anyway, but it’s essential to do it before you start using your furnace for the season. Make sure that all of the detectors in your home are working correctly and have fresh batteries. This includes your smoke detector, your carbon monoxide detector, and any other detectors that you have in your home. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case.
Another thing to do before you start using your furnace is to clean it. You can hire a professional to do this for you or do it yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. Just make sure that you unplug the furnace before you start cleaning it.
You should also look at your ductwork and ensure no leaks or holes. If there are, you’ll want to seal them up so that heat doesn’t escape your home. These are just a few of the things that you should do before you start using your furnace for the season. By taking these steps, you can help to ensure that your furnace runs efficiently and doesn’t cause any problems.
These simple tips can help ensure that your furnace runs safely and efficiently all winter. If you have any concerns about your furnace, or if it’s time for an annual tune-up, be sure to contact Noland Heat and Air, your local HVAC contractor in Searcy. We’re here to help keep your family warm and comfortable all winter!