It was another cold and snowy Canadian winter, and if you’re like most homeowners, your furnace was working overtime to keep you and your family warm and comfortable all season. Now with the snow starting to melt and warm weather on the way, it’s important to make sure you’re not forgetting about your hard working furnace, especially since your furnace continues to work all year long. Did you know your furnace works alongside your air conditioner in the summer months to help circulate the cool air throughout your home? Here are a few things you should do to care for your furnace going into the spring and summer months:
Change Your Furnace Filter:
Furnace filters play an important role when it comes to energy efficiency, the dirtier the filter the harder your furnace has to work. In fact, a new filter also keeps your air conditioner working smoothly, since your furnace works alongside your cooling system to circulate the conditioned air throughout your home. Having clean filters all year long is an important maintenance step.
Clear the Area around Your Furnace:
Keep the area around your furnace system clean by sweeping or vacuuming out dust and debris, and make sure nothing blocks the registers to maintain unimpeded air flow.
Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance:
Your furnace plays an important role in keeping you and your family warm in the winter, but did you know that it’s also key to running your air conditioner in the summer? That means your furnace is working all year round to keep you and your family comfortable.
Overtime, many parts of your furnace can become worn, or dirty over time and may need to be cleaned or replaced. Some of these items include: belts, pilot light, motor, bearings, and the burner assembly, especially if the furnace is an older model. Booking a professional inspection can help identify any required maintenance to keep your system running smoothly and safely.
The spring is the best time to think about how well your furnace performed throughout the winter and whether you need repairs or should consider a replacement. Most well maintained furnaces should last for many years, so having your system checked & tuned-up by a certified heating professional can be one the smartest decisions you make for your home’s safety and comfort.