The last thing you’ll want to experience is a broken furnace on a cold winter day. Unfortunately, many Canadians find themselves in that situation because they only pay attention to their heating and air condition system when there’s a problem and normally by this time it’s too late to fix it. Wearing scarves and jackets indoors is never fun, so if you want to make sure your furnace remains in good condition for extended life, the following tips can help:
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that will allow you to control the usage of your heating system. You will be able to set a schedule in advance to adjust the temperature of your home based on your needs and preferences. You will be able to turn down the heat at night or during the day when no one is home and this type of control will prevent your furnace from overworking, allowing it to last a lot longer. Smart thermostats help you create a balance in terms of usage and eliminates waste, so they are worth installing for the longevity purpose as well as the saving factor, which you will notice on your energy bills.
- Replace your air filter regularly. This aspect is often neglected and will affect your furnace negatively if it is old and dusty. Allowing dirt to cover your filter will cause your furnace to work a lot harder in order for it to be able to move air and because less air will be able to move through it, your furnace will be forced to run longer to successfully raise the temperature. Replace your air filters regularly so that your furnace is protected from dirt and debris, which will be unable to enter.
- Make sure there are no air leaks. This will affect your access to warm air that your furnace has to work very hard to produce. Your home must be properly sealed and insulated because this will prevent air leaks and drafts, both of which will push your furnace to work harder for longer periods of time, which will affect its lifespan negatively. Check your front door, your windows, and vents and anywhere you think a small gap or space is present, so that you can seal it as this will not only help with your comfort and temperature of the air indoors but extend the lifespan of your furnace as well.
- Do not forget about regular maintenance. Check the condition and function of your furnace regularly to prevent future issues and to ensure it will get you through many more winters. This is the only way to know if you’ll be nice and warm throughout the cold season.
For all of your furnace-related inquiries and needs, contact DMA Gas Services who can help with a number of things, including gas line and pool heater installation and furnace repair. If you’d like to be warm and toasty this winter, give them a call today!