5 Tips for Keeping Your Furnace Clean and Well Maintained

by Admin on June 27, 2013

5" Wide FilterIf you’re someone who has a furnace in your home, there are some benefits to owning it especially if it’s a high-efficiency one. The main reason why it’s a good investment is because it consumes less energy (some brands, as much as 30 percent less). Plus, they also produce a significant amount of heat while keeping the overall temperature of your home at a more consistent level. That’s why if you want your furnace to last for years to come, you definitely should make sure to keep it cleaned and maintained on a consistent basis.

If you’re looking for a few handy tips on how you can do that, we have enclosed five of them for you:

Change your filters (monthly). There are a lot of people who end up not having their furnace working at optimal level simply because they fail to change the filters on a regular basis. It’s important to remember that dirt and debris in a filter will ultimately restrict air flow. So, make sure to change yours every 30 days.

Check your vent covers. We feel that it’s a pretty wise practice that every time you change your furnace’s filters, you also make a point to check the vent covers too. If you notice that they have any dust on them, it’s best to take them down and wash them by hand with some warm, soapy water (make sure to rinse and dry them thoroughly before reattaching them). This will help the heat to flow at a better rate.

Clean your furnace blower. What can prove to be a really energy waster is going too long without cleaning your furnace blower. So, with that same soapy water, put an old toothbrush in it and use it to scrub the fan’s blades. There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see the debris that needs to be removed, but even if you glance over the blower and only see a few specks of dust, make the time to clean it. You’ll be sure to notice a difference if you do.

Do some vacuuming. If you’re wondering what the easiest way to clean out your furnace is, we recommend that you place a hose attachment onto your vacuum in order to clear out any dust or debris that might be caught up in your air ducts.

Have a technician inspect it annually. Oftentimes, we don’t think to have a professional come and look at things like furnaces or heat and air units unless there we are experiencing some furnace issues orĀ common A/C problems; ones that we are unable to fix on our own. However, by having a technician come out once a year, they can also look for any leaks that you might have. Plus, they can make sure that your thermostat is working properly. Speaking of technicians, it also bears mentioning that if you happen to notice any kind of black soot coming out of your furnace, even if it hasn’t been a year since you last saw a technician, call one immediately. The sooner your furnace issues are corrected, the less expensive the repairs will be.

photo by: ActiveSteve

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