Did you know that your furnace is likely the largest energy expense in your home? That’s why it’s worth keeping it in good condition so it can operate as efficiently as possible and help keep your monthly bills lower. With some regular maintenance and care, your furnace can last longer while avoiding costly problems and even a furnace repair service. Here is a quick list of tasks that are necessary when it comes to taking proper care of your furnace.
Clean Filter Or Replace It Regularly
The filter is one of the most important parts of your furnace. It captures particulates and prevents them from entering your furnace and the air in your home. These particulates can include mould spores, pollen, dust mites, dirt, and other bacteria.
There are different kinds of filters, providing varying levels of filtration. A standard filter will protect the furnace from larger visible particles, while higher end filters, such as a HEPA Filter can capture microscopic particles, including the pollutants mentioned above. If the filter becomes too clogged and dirty, it won’t be able to do its job, which means your indoor air quality will suffer, and the airflow will be hindered, and energy costs rise. To keep your interior fresh and clean and your furnace operating efficiently, don’t forget to change or clean the air filter regularly. If you have a standard one, the typical timeframe to swap it out is 30 to 90 days. If your filter is a pleated disposable one, change it every three months. Many higher efficiency filters may be rated to last up to a year. If you’re unsure, ask your technician what they recommend.
Keep an Eye on the Blower Motor
The blower motor also has an important role to play. It pushes the air through the heat exchanger and air conditioning coil to distribute it conditioned air throughout your home. So it’s essential for both cold and warm seasons. There are many parts that make up this component which is why it’s important to keep it operating properly. One of the most telltale signs that there’s something off with the blower motor is reduced air flow and comfort in your home. More serious problems may be present if you start to hear unusual sounds coming from the furnace. This could include scraping, humming, or high-pitched sounds. If you hear any of these, it could mean something has come loose. When you hear anything unusual, call in a technician.
Keep the Vents Clear
A simple way to take proper care of your furnace is by keeping your vents clean and clear from debris. Ensure they are open and that no items obstruct the vents, such as boxes, blankets, or other objects that could block the airflow.
Get the Ducts Cleaned Out
It’s important to have your ducts cleaned out at least once per year to prevent any problems with both the furnace and your health. Neglecting this can lead to a build-up of particulates which can contribute to allergies, respiratory issues and more. Hire a professional technician to clean them out annually. If you have pets, you’ll likely need more cleanings.
Reduce the Heat Load in Home
You can keep your home more comfortable by sealing up any drafts coming from the windows and doors. Heat loss can force your HVAC system to work much harder, which will cost you more each month. Sealing and insulating ductwork and adding insulation in the attic might be worth considering as well if you struggle to maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature inside.
Having clean ducts is imperative for reducing hazardous pollutants and particulates that can contribute to unsafe air quality in your home. If you think it’s time to get yours cleaned out or inspected, contact our team at Top Hat Home Comfort in Ottawa to schedule an appointment.