Can you believe that spring has almost sprung? With the frigid temperatures we experienced this winter, we’re willing to bet that you’re just as ready as we are for warm, sunny days!
You’ll likely use the furnace less and less in the next several weeks, eventually turning it off until fall. Just as you wouldn’t put a car into storage for months without cleaning it and performing general maintenance tasks, you shouldn’t shut your furnace down for the season without taking a few moments to make sure it’s set up for optimal performance next season.
Four Important Furnace Maintenance Tips
Start With the Air Filter
If you read any of our other articles, then you know that we stress the importance of changing your furnace’s air filter every three or four months. It’s not that we like being repetitive — a clean air filter really is that important!
You relied on your furnace to move a massive amount of air throughout your home to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long. In the process, the furnace collected dirt, dust, animal dander, and a number of other contaminants that you don’t want floating in the air. Dirty filters are ineffective and will end up driving your energy bill higher and higher, so make sure to put a fresh one in in the next few weeks!
Clean Your Ducts
Duct cleaning is just as important as changing your air filters on a regular basis if you want your home to have the best possible air quality. Your furnace’s filters are one line of defense against the contaminants discussed above, but they’re not enough to keep your ducts spotless after years of buildup. It’s recommended that you have your ducts inspected at least once every five to seven years not just for cleanliness, but structural integrity as well.
Clean the General Area
When was the last time you took the time to thoroughly clean your furnace and the area around it? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer probably falls somewhere between “I don’t remember” and “never.” Just as it’s important to keep your air conditioner clean from season to season, it’s also important to make sure that your furnace hasn’t collected too much dust. Gently clean any buildup on the outside of the unit, and don’t hesitate to contact a furnace repair professional if something doesn’t look right.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
These are some of the easiest ways to keep your furnace in great condition from season to season, but it’s also important to schedule regular HVAC maintenance through a professional company. At Comfort Pros, we provide fast and affordable furnace maintenance and repair appointments that can help you avoid costly breakdowns and ensure that you stay warm and comfortable when you turn the unit on again in the fall.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your home, just give us a call or contact us online!