How to Get the Most from Your FurnaceJanuary 10, 2022
The more you take care of things, the longer they tend to last. This is especially true for the equipment that helps keep your home comfortable. With winter in full swing, you may be wondering how to get the most from your furnace. Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating offers simple tips for better performance to keep your system running smoothly all season long.
Return to Basic Ideas
When it comes to furnace function, some of the most basic ideas are also some of the most effective. We’re talking about filters. Checking and changing your furnace filters on a regular basis will help keep things running more efficiently, provide better air quality, and decrease wear and tear on the system. This simple task should be completed once every month or every couple of months, depending on the health needs of your family and whether you have pets.
Another simple idea to get the most from your furnace is to keep registers free from obstruction. Move any furniture or drapery that covers or hangs over the heat registers to allow the system to fully circulate warm air throughout your home. Vacuum register vents regularly to remove dust and keep it from flowing through the air each time the furnace kicks in.
Be Resourceful with Surroundings
Utilizing other items around your house can also help you extend the life of your heating system and get the most from your furnace. How?
On sunny days, open curtains or blinds on windows that face south or west to let in the warmth. The sunshine will naturally help heat your home, which means your furnace won’t need to run as often. This will save on your energy bill while also conserving the lifespan of the furnace. Once the sun goes down, close the curtains or blinds to help contain the day’s warmth.
Also, use ceiling fans to your furnace’s advantage. Hot air rises, so set the fan to rotate clockwise to push that warm air down. Your living space will stay warmer, giving the furnace a break.
Get a Little Extra Help
Extra help from technology and technicians can also help you get the most from your furnace. If you have an older thermostat, try upgrading to a smart one. These devices allow you to set a heating schedule for when it’s most advantageous, saving energy and wear and tear on the furnace. What’s more, they can easily be controlled and adjusted at any time using a smart device.
And, as always, be sure to schedule a tune up at least once a year. Regular maintenance can help reveal smaller issues before they become bigger, more expensive problems. And consistent upkeep will ensure your system is running efficiently and effectively, helping to prolong the life of your furnace.
Rely on Hanson’s
Your friends at Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating are always here to make sure you get the most from your furnace. We offer convenient and affordable heating solutions as well 24-hour emergency maintenance and repair. Contact us to schedule service or to learn more about how our skilled technicians can help keep your home comfortable all winter.