Tips To Keep Your Furnace Heating System In Tip-Top Shape

Posted on: 28 February 2023

If you use a furnace to heat air and circulate it in your home using air ducts, you have a forced-air heating system. Like other home heating systems, it requires routine maintenance to keep operating at its peak. 

Follow these tips to maximize your residential furnace heating system's performance, safety, and lifespan.

Clean the Furnace

The dust, dirt, and debris that build up in your furnace over time can cause many problems for your heating system. Regularly remove dirt and grime from the burner, blower, motor, and other critical components using a brush or vacuum to avoid performance and safety issues.

Also, ensure the area around the furnace is clear of any flammable debris.

Check the Air Filter

All forced-air heating systems have an air filter that traps dust and other contaminants. Over time, the filter becomes dirty and starts to prevent air from passing through it. When this happens, the system will run harder to warm your living spaces, resulting in energy inefficiencies. 

Checking and replacing the air filter every couple of months will help to maintain proper airflow through your furnace heating system, ensuring optimal heating performance and efficiency.

Clean the Ducts and Vents

Air ducts and vents deliver heated air to your living space. If ignored, they can become dirty and impede the smooth flow of heated air into the home. Clean them regularly to ensure uniform and efficient distribution of heated air throughout your home.

Check the Thermostat

Your furnace heating system has a thermostat directly linked to it. When the air temperature inside your home is colder than you require for comfort, the thermostat sends a signal to your furnace to start heating the air. When the system attains the desired indoor temperature, the thermostat signals it to stop running.

A bad thermostat can cause your furnace to cycle on and off too frequently, potentially shortening its lifespan. Regularly check your thermostat to ensure it is set correctly and functioning properly. 

Inspect the Furnace

A yearly inspection of your entire furnace heating system is essential to ascertain everything works well. During this inspection, an HVAC professional will check for leaks, corrosion, parts and controls failure, accumulated dirt, and other problems that could cause your heating system to fail.

Any issue discovered during the inspection will require immediate repairs to keep the furnace working safely and efficiently while preventing big problems down the line.

Proper furnace maintenance is essential to keep it operating reliably, safely, and efficiently while making it last. For more information, contact a company like Johnson's  Heating &  Cooling.