Air conditioning season may be coming soon, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about your furnace until next fall. In fact, having your furnace serviced annually is a great idea.
Annual Service Helps you Save
A simple annual tune up could save you up to 20 percent on your electricity or fuel bill. You will also be able to rest assured knowing that your furnace will be ready to go once winter rolls around again.
Annual Service for Safety
Still not convinced? Regular tune ups help keep your home safe. Did you know that malfunctioning heating equipment is to blame for hundreds of house fires and deadly carbon monoxide leaks each year? Avoid costly and potentially dangerous heating hassles by properly preparing your furnace for spring with these simple tips.
How To Do a Tune-up Yourself
- First Step: Always cut the power first! As you would with any appliance, make sure that your furnace is completely shut off before beginning to work on it. Remember that every machine has a different shut down procedure. If you are at all unsure, contact a professional for advice.
- Check Your Heating Ducts: Spring is a great time to check all of your heating ducts and cover any leaks or cracks with duct tape. For heating ducts and pipes that go through unheated areas, use duct insulation or R-11 insulation to keep warm air from turning cold. If there are leaks in AC ducts, use a faced insulation and a vapor barrier to prevent condensation.
- Clean Your Exhaust Vents: Make sure the furnace exhaust vents are completely clear and do not forget to check the motor, vbelt, and pulleys for signs of wear or damage.
- Clean the Furnace Itself: Dust around the furnace and put in a clean filter so you’ll be ready for fall! A clean filter reduces the risk of fire and regularly replacing your furnace filter can even save you money during the winter. Never store anything around your furnace and always keep the thermostat clean.
- Remember the Chimney: Last but not least, don’t forget your chimney! It may not be a furnace, but Spring is a great time to give your chimney a check-up too. Check in and around your chimney for loose bricks or mortar. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s best to have the chimney repaired as soon as possible to avoid safety hazards.
As always it is better to be safe than sorry. If you need any help call a trained professional! Brennan heating provides quality heating and air conditioning services. Our trained electricians offer heating installation and air conditioning installation, refrigerator removal, and a host of other electrical services. Looking for more information? Contact us online at Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning or call 1-877-BRENNAN. We also offer a free energy consultation to help you learn more about your HVAC system.