Keeping your furnace in good repair is important. A well maintained furnace will heat your home in an efficient and cost effective manner. While some aspects of furnace upkeep are highly complex and best left the professionals at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating, here are 2 things you can do to help keep your furnace in good working order.
Clean Your Furnace Regularly
Keeping your furnace clean is not only going to make it more efficient it can also improve safety. A dirty furnace wastes fuel, and becomes highly inefficient at heating your home. A dirty furnace can also overheat, creating a potential safety risk. There are three main parts to your furnace that you should clean regularly: The filter system, the blower and the motor. Your filter should be replaced or cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks. To tell if your filter is dirty take it out and hold it up to the light. If it looks clogged, you should replace it. Next you should clean the blower assembly, belts, pulleys and motor housing. To clean your blower and your motor you will need to remove the access panel on the front of your furnace. You can remove dirt from this area either by dusting or vacuuming. Be sure to shut off your furnace before you attempt any cleaning. This is also a good opportunity to assess your furnace closely, and see if you spot any potential problems. You can also call Lone Star Plumbing and Heating if you have any questions about your home heating system.
Once a Year, Get Your Furnace Cleaned Professionally
You should have your heating system cleaned once per year in order to keep it in top condition. Before your furnace expert from Lone Star Plumbing and Heating arrives, be sure to check your furnace and heating ducts for any unusual activity, such as strange noises or increased usage. Also, take a moment to assess whether all rooms in your house are being heated properly, and ensure that all air vents are uncovered. If you are having any trouble keeping portions of your house warm you may need to re-balance the air pressure in your house. This is something Lone Star Plumbing and Heating can help you with, ensuring your furnace is working in the most efficient and cost effective manner.