Did you know furnaces typically last around 15 years before they need to be replaced? Heating systems need proper maintenance to reduce the risk of breaking down unexpectedly. With these tips for extending the life of your furnace, you can keep it running smoothly for as long as possible.
Change Air Filters Frequently
Most people do not change their air filters as often as needed. This can lead to poor indoor air quality inside your home and potentially damage your furnace. When your filters are dirty, your furnace must work harder to maintain airflow and as a result, the lifespan of your system is shortened. Changing your air filter regularly is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do to maintain your heating and cooling system.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If your home has an outdated analog thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Older thermostats don’t have the same precision of newer, advanced models, resulting in your furnace working harder to provide the temperature you want.
Keep Your Home Well Insulated Hot air lost through window
There are many places for heat to disappear, like the attic or windows, leading to a less comfortable home and a harder working furnace. Adding some insulation and sealing up any leaks in your air ducts can keep your home warm all season long. Addressing air leaks can be done by pursuing a home energy audit or by having a yearly air duct inspection.
Schedule an Annual Inspection
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your furnace until something major is wrong. An annual inspection could have caught that issue early on and saved you from costly repairs.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Like cars, heating and cooling systems perform better with regular maintenance. When done correctly, air duct cleaning is very beneficial to the longevity of your air handling units. Despite using filters, your heating and cooling system still gets dirty through everyday use. This dirt is filled with contaminants and air pollutants that can harm your indoor air quality and cause your heating and cooling system to work harder, shortening the lifespan of your system.
There are several factors that can increase the need for regular air duct cleaning. The number of occupants in your house, whether you have pets, and if anyone in your house has allergies can all increase the frequency with which you should clean your air ducts. Reduce the need for potentially costly repairs by scheduling an air duct cleaning with your local NADCA-certified contractor.
Original article written by NADCA