Your furnace is a lot like a car: if you don’t properly maintain it, it won’t do its job very well and you’ll likely experience breakdowns far more often than you should. Lack of proper maintenance also means you’ll likely have to replace your furnace more often than you’d normally expect, and you’ll spend a huge sum of money to do so more often. However, like your car there are things you can do to ensure your furnace continues to run properly, which in turn will actually extend its useful life even further, allowing you to truly maximize your investment. Here are a few tips you can follow to improve your furnace’s lifespan.
Utilize Your Thermostat
When was the last time you replaced your thermostat? 15 years ago? 20? More? If so, you could be missing out on some of excellent technology that could improve the life of your system. Programmable thermostats allow you to shut off your system when you don’t need it (such as while you’re away at work) and smart thermostats can even notify you when you need to change your filter or fix a potential problem that’s starting to form.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks cause precious heat to escape your home, forcing you to run your system longer in order to keep your home at an ideal temperature. The more you run your system, the more likely it will break down and need to be replaced sooner. Therefore, sealing off the air leaks in your home can actually improve not only your utility bills, but your system lifespan as well!
Set Fan to “Auto”
Your fan switch likely has two different settings: “on” and “auto.” When in the “on” position, the blower motor in your system will remain on, continually circulating air throughout your home, regardless of whether or not the heating coils are actually on as well. In the “auto” position, the fan turns on and off alongside the coils in order to circulate air when necessary. Keeping the fan in the “auto” position will help preserve your blower motor and reduce the possibility of dust and other debris damaging critical components to your heater. It’ll also reduce the frequency with which you need to replace your air filter.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
You can do a few things to maintain your system yourself, but just like your car, unless you have it inspected by a professional ever so often, you could be facing a serious issue and not even be aware of it. Call a Sugar Land heating services professional and schedule an annual furnace tune-up before the weather gets too frigid and enjoy reliable, quality heat from your system all winter long.To schedule your annual maintenance service, call Trademark Home Services today at (281) 819-5852!