When a winter storm hits, you don't want the temperature inside your home to feel comparable to the temperature outside. Now is the perfect time to maintain your furnace so that it's ready for frigid winter weather. Here are some furnace maintenance tasks to add to your to-do list.
1. Change Your Furnace Filter
Changing your furnace filter is one task that you can handle by yourself in less than 15 minutes. Start by turning off your furnace and locating your furnace filter. Open the grate, remove your old filter, and insert the new filter. Make sure you turn your furnace back on.
The task is simple, but it makes a difference in the efficiency of your furnace. An efficient furnace doesn't have to work as hard to warm your home, saving you money on your heating costs. It also lasts longer because there's less stress on the unit.
2. Clean Your Furnace's Heat Exchanger
Your furnace's heat exchanger transfers heat from one fluid to another to assist in the production of heat. You need to have a trained technician clean the heat exchanger. Your tech will vacuum out the heat exchanger so that it's freely able to transfer heat.
They will also examine the heat exchanger for any signs of damage, like cracks. A cracked heat exchanger can expose your household to carbon monoxide and should be repaired as soon as possible.
3. Clear Out the Air Vents
Once your furnace produces warm air, it needs to be able to enter your home to bring it to a comfortable temperature. Check that all of your air vents are clean and free of any obstructions. Obstructed air vents also cause your furnace to have to work harder to heat your home.
If your vents have dust or debris on them, you can clean them using a damp rag. Move any furniture, toys, or rugs that may be covering the vents.
4. Clean Your Heating Ducts
Your heating ducts are the tubes that transport air from your furnace to the air vents in your home. Have your furnace technician clean your heating ducts every few years to ensure that your heated air isn't transported mold, dust, and dirt throughout your home.
During the cleaning, your technician will examine the ducts for any signs of damage. Damaged ducts will lower the air pressure of your furnace and decrease the amount of warm air that enters a room. Your furnace won't be as effective at heating your home due to the lower pressure.
For more information about heating maintenance, contact a residential HVAC contractor.