Winter Furnace Checklist for High Efficiency and Low Costs
Useful Advice from the Pros in Easton, PA
You want to get the most out of your biggest investment this year: your furnace. While your furnace is designed to be efficient and comfortable, it still needs proper maintenance throughout the year. When you do your part, your furnace will keep you warm and keep those heating costs at bay.
Here are a few essentials for your winter checklist:
- Replace Your Filter: Replacing your air filter is a no-brainer. You save on heating costs and unnecessary repairs. It is cost-effective and quick, and you don’t need to schedule a maintenance appointment.
- Inspect and Clean: Once a year, usually before winter, you should have your furnace inspected and cleaned by an HVAC technician from Comfort Solutions HVAC. We look for everyday wear and tear items that may lead to a breakdown, clean the components, and help keep your furnace efficient.
- Seal the Air Leaks: To save money, you also need to be proactive about potential air leaks inside your home. That includes checking drafty windows, doors, and replacing weather stripping where it disintegrates around these entry points. Also, making sure you have proper insulation in your attic, garage, and the exterior walls of your home will help your furnace keep the interior warm.
- Check the Vents: Ensure that all supplies and returns to your furnace are not blocked. Blockages force your furnace to worker harder, which not only increases the temperature of the unit but significantly decreases its lifespan.
- Inspect and Clean the Ducts: This is not something you need annually, but you should still make sure damaged or dirty air ducts are addressed. They can drive up heating costs and decrease air quality indoors.
- Correct Temperature Setting: Set your thermostat to the proper winter temperature and remember to turn it down a few degrees when you step out.
- Use Ceiling Fans for Air Circulation: Instead of making your furnace work over time, see if your ceiling fans can go into reverse mode. This helps circulate warm air and gives your furnace a little break.
- Check Connections: Check all critical connections, including your gas and oil connection, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchangers.
When your furnace acts up, or you just need a winter tune-up, speak to the technicians at Comfort Solutions HVAC. We can help clean, repair, and keep your unit as efficient as possible, all year long.
Call us at 610-438-9300 or request an estimate for your next furnace service appointment.