We don’t give much thought to the heating system in our homes until there’s a problem. Because no one likes to be cold, it’s a good idea to learn a little more about that furnace that keeps us warm all winter long.
Common Furnace Questions
1. Is annual heating maintenance necessary? YES! Your furnace will work more efficiently when it is well-maintained, and it will last longer too. Every furnace has service intervals that should be followed. This information can be found in the owner’s manual.
2. Are some furnaces better than others? Most furnaces found in homes are either natural gas or electric. One isn’t necessarily better than the other. The only thing you need to know is that you need to have a furnace that fits your home. A professional HVAC technician can help you determine the type of furnace that will work best in your home. The type and size will determine how efficiently your home will be heated.
3. When does a furnace need to be replaced? On average, a furnace will last 15-18 years if it’s been maintained correctly. When a furnace gets to about 10-12 years of age, its performance should be monitored closely. If something seems wrong have it checked out. It is ideal to install a new furnace in the warmer months, but it can be replaced at any time of the year.
4. How often do filters need to be changed? Filters are an important part of the way your furnace functions. Furnace filters need to be cleaned or replaced every 3-6 months. How often you end up doing it will depend on the health of those living in the home and how often you use it. It’s a good idea to check filters on a monthly basis to make sure you are cleaning or replacing as needed.
5. Can my furnace leak carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a danger with gas-fired furnaces. It can happen when there is incomplete combustion. Your furnace is designed to vent this gas out of the house, but venting issues can prevent this from happening. Because carbon monoxide is both deadly and impossible to detect by sight or smell, it is very dangerous. Every home should have at least on carbon monoxide detector to alert you should a problem arise.
6. Are there ways to reduce my heating bill? One of the worst drains on energy in a home is the HVAC unit. To save energy you can have a programmable thermostat installed so you can set temperatures changes according to your schedule. Keep an eye on the insulation in your home as it can also impact energy loss. When you do need a new furnace choose a high-efficient one to save money.
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