When your furnace is maintained properly, it helps to minimize the amount of money you are going to spend on repairs and energy. Even though certain problems have to be addressed by a professional, there are some things that you can do at home on your own.
Look Through the Owner’s Manual
One of the best places for information is in your owner’s manual for the furnace. If you have lost the manual, you can more than likely find it online at the manufacturer’s website. Make sure you look and see if the manual is located on the outside of the furnace in a plastic envelope. To find the model number for your furnace, look for the metal plate that is attached right to your furnace. It is often found behind the access panel.
Replacing the Furnace Filter
This is by far the biggest thing a homeowner can do to help keep the furnace running efficiently. Every particle of air going through your furnace is going to pass through the filter. It doesn’t take long for these filters to get dirty. About once every 30 days, you should replace your filter. Regardless of whether you are using central air during the summer or not, you need to make sure your filter is changed regularly.
Even though you might be able to pick up a furnace filter for cheap, you should spend a little more and get one that is going to trap more of the contaminants and particles in the air. Not only is this going to prevent any particulates from circulating throughout the air in the home, but it will also prevent them from getting into the air ducts and your heat exchanger. If you don’t inspect your furnace regularly, it is going to cause far more energy waste and have a negative impact on the overall efficiency of your furnace.
Above all else, a professional technician can determine if you need to have your unit cleaned extensively or not. You don’t want to let your furnace become so caked in dust that it can’t function normally. Speak with a professional today.