If you own a home, you know how important proper maintenance is. One system that’s often overlooked is the furnace. Unfortunately, ignoring or neglecting the furnace can lead to energy inefficiency and expensive breakdowns. You don’t want to deal with skyrocketing hydro bills or furnace replacement, especially if you’re already on a tight budget. Here are three simple steps to keep your furnace clean and energy efficient.
Replace the Filter
A dirty filter can wreak havoc on the entire furnace. The filter removes harmful dust and particulate matter that can gunk up the mechanism. Once the filter is dirty, air flow is reduced, making the furnace work harder. Once your filter can’t hold any more dust, that dust finds its way directly into the furnace, where it can pose a fire hazard. Protect your furnace and your home by replacing the filter once every three months. If you smoke, have pets, or have recently renovated, you will need to change the filter more frequently.
Clean the Ducts
If you can’t remember when you last had the ducts cleaned, it’s time to schedule service. Your ducts can attract a variety of debris including dirt, rodent droppings, and dead bugs. All of these things can interfere with proper furnace function. Those blockages can also cause breathing problems and/or allergies for you and your family. To help the furnace operate properly, have ducts cleaned by a professional about once every two years. If you’re not sure when to do this, keep an eye on your vent covers. If you notice dirt accumulating on the walls or ceilings around the vent covers, it’s time.
Schedule Annual Furnace Tune-Ups
Your furnace is an important part of your home. During winter, the furnace may be operating around the clock. Make sure you’re not missing problems that could cause breakdowns during the coldest months: Schedule an annual tune-up before frigid weather sets in. Don’t leave your furnace to fend for itself.
To avoid furnace problems, get it the service it needs. Call Dial One Duct Cleaning at (416) 896-4799 to schedule an appointment today.