Maintaining A Furnace

It truly is a miracle to be able to have heat in your home. There is nothing like getting into your home after a cold winter day. A good furnace and heating system can be expensive to install, but they are definitely perform an important job. Your heating system is a very important part of your home, and needs to be maintained just like the rest of your home. You would never let your carpets go a month without cleaning. You should take the same type of care of your furnace. Here are a few different ways that you can maintain your heating system.


One of the most important things that you can do with your heating system, is to replace the filter. If you do not replace the filter often then dirt and other debris may be able to enter. There are a lot of parts involved in your heating system, and any amount of debris that gets into the system can cause a great deal of damage. A clean filter simply works better than a dirty one, so it is extremely important that you replace the filter. If you have pets or have allergies you will likely want to change the filter more often. You may even notice that your furnace efficiency is better when the filter is changed. 

Air Ducts

The air ducts are like the veins of the heating system, they are what allow the air to be pushed through the home. Just like veins they should not be blocked or obstructed in any way. The air ducts can start to have debris, mold and dust most often, build up in the bends of the air ducts. When this occurs, the heating system has to work much harder in order to push the air through the air ducts. You should take your vacuum and clean the vents in your home as best you can. Then it is good to have a professional clean the vents once a year. 


You should also inspect the burner of your furnace at least once a month when it is in use. Look for any signs that the furnace is not burning cleanly. If there is any type of soot or discoloration on the burner, you should ask a technician to come and inspect the furnace. If the burner is not operating at full capacity, then the flame could be putting off carbon monoxide. 

Contact a furnace service, like Shakley Mechanical Inc, for more help.