When the temperatures drop, no one likes the idea of being without a furnace. In order to ensure that your furnace runs efficiently in the colder months, it is essential that it is taken care of. Like a car, the best way to ensure that your furnace runs efficiently is by keeping up with routine maintenance.
Routine maintenance can help your furnace run efficiently. Further, it will save you money over time due to avoiding costly repairs (the earlier you catch problems, the cheaper they are). Here are five ways to make your furnace work better:
1. Change Your Filters
Furnace filters prevent dust, hair, and other debris from clogging your furnace. After a while, however, the filter becomes full of debris; this forces your furnace to have to work harder to pull air through the filter, which causes excessive wear-and-tear on the furnace. Change your furnace’s filters monthly to ensure that your furnace is running efficiently.
2. Utilize a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are great because they allow you to set up a schedule based on when you will be in the home, when you will be sleeping, and when you will be away. Programming your thermostat to make your home cooler when you are away or sleeping, for example, can reduce overall utility costs and can reduce the wear-and-tear on your furnace.
3. Schedule Annual Inspections
Annual inspections and maintenance are essential for a furnace to run efficiently. Any problems can be caught early which will save you money in the long run and will ensure that your furnace is running at an optimal level.
4. Clear the Area
Keep the area surrounding your furnace clear. Because most furnaces are located in basements, where many people store extra belongings, it is important to keep in mind that there should be a three-to-five-foot area around your furnace that remains clear of storage. This not only protects your home from fires, but it allows your furnace to run more efficiently because air is able to circulate freely.
5. Bake More
In the winter months, bake more to give your furnace a breather. By using your oven more frequently in the winter months, your furnace will not have to work as hard because your kitchen and surrounding rooms are receiving heat from regular oven use.