Much like a car, your furnace requires annual maintenance and a tune-up to ensure all the moving parts are in tiptop shape. Regular maintenance also ensures the furnace runs efficiently, saving energy and money. Warming up to the idea? Read on to learn more about fall furnace maintenance.
1. Change the Furnace Filter
You won’t get proper airflow with a dirty filter, which can degrade indoor air quality. In addition, a system with a clean filter runs more efficiently and distributes heat better. Check your owner’s manual if you need directions or advice on what type of filter to use.
2. Vacuum Vents
Remove floor registers to vacuum our dirt and debris. Not only will this boost efficiency, but the air released will be cleaner.
3. Schedule a Furnace Tuneup
The best time to schedule a furnace tuneup is in the fall before the cold weather hits and the unit is needed. When scheduling a professional tuneup, expect your HVAC technician to do the following, as recommended by Energy Star.
- Clean and lubricate all moving parts
- Check thermostat settings
- Tighten electrical connections
- Inspect condensate drain
- Check system controls, fuel connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger
Having a professional inspect your system annually ensures system efficiency, plus avoids breakdowns when you’re most reliant on the heating. In addition, your HVAC professional will check that the system runs safely – protecting your household from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by broken or inadequate venting. Don’t get left in the cold; schedule your furnace inspection today.