4 Key Winter Furnace Maintenance Tips
Key Furnace Tips for Winter
Winter is in full force and as temperatures slip into the single digits it is important to be on top of your furnace and its maintenance to ensure your system is functioning at optimal levels this season. We have a few tips to keep your furnace at its best:
- Dust and Vacuum: Furnaces, over time, collect dust and debris which can cause strain on your heating system. The additional strain on parts can result in costly repairs or your furnace to not function at its fullest potential. To remove dust, one must be very gentle as you do not want to damage any of the furnace’s interior. Use a small brush to gently wipe the dust off and then vacuum up the fallen debris.
- Flame Sensor: The flame sensor is a bent metal rod that is usually in front of the flame in your furnace. It confirms to the system that the gas valve is open and a flame is present. Carbon buildups on the sensor rod can inhibit your furnace from working. To clean the sensor rod, we recommend using steel wool or emery cloth and gently rubbing down any of the buildups. For more detailed instructions or help, give us a call.
- Air Filters: Regularly replacing the air filters in your furnace will help you lower utility bills, save energy, and improve your home’s air quality and airflow. We recommend exploring your options when it comes to the type of air filters you use. Upgrading your filters can mean improved airflow and decrease your energy bill significantly, which is always an added perk!
- Consider A Professional: Although there are plenty of DIY instruction videos online if you do not feel comfortable taking apart your furnace for any of these maintenance tips, we highly recommend having a professional take a look. If you do take on maintenance challenges, yourself, it is imperative you take mandatory safety precautions when doing so to avoid any accidents.
Give the professionals a call at (847) 729-9190 as we are happy to consult further on your furnaces maintenance this winter.