Winter is here and our heaters are working hard to keep us warm. You should have an HVAC technician inspect your system and let you know how its running. They will also point out any potential issues that may arise. This will optimize your system to handle all the extra pressure it might be under this winter season. Did you forget to have that maintenance done? Does it seem like your system is having difficulties? Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning offer some helpful tips.
How to Check Your Furnace
1. Check the pressure in the system. Checking the pressure in your system will let you know if there are any leaks. If you find leaks and take care of them, you will prevent the system from wasting extra effort on warming the air. This will also save money.
2. Check the filters. Clean air filters are vital to the efficiency of your system. These filters need to be changed regularly because they will collect dust and other debris- it’s their job after all. If air filters become clogged, your system will run less efficiently and cost you more money.
3. Check the thermostat. The thermostat is important in keeping your home comfortable. The last thing you want is to wake up shivering because the thermostat started to have issues. Test the thermostat from time to time to see if it reacts the way it should.
4. Check how well your home is sealed. When a home is sealed properly, it will leak less air. That means you system won’t need to work harder than it has to in an attempt to keep your home warm. Check the windows and the doors to ensure the seal around them is tight. You don’t want openings that will allow warm air to leak out and cold air to seep in.
5. Check the CO detectors. The reason your home has carbon monoxide detectors is because carbon monoxide is a deadly gas. You need to check these detectors from time to time to ensure they are working correctly. The consequences can be deadly if you don’t. If you feel tired and experience headaches when you run your heater it may be due to carbon monoxide in your home.
Signs You Need a New Furnace?
Furnaces have a typical lifespan of around 15 to 20 years – maybe another five or six if it’s a high-quality brand that has been maintained regularly. But a good rule of thumb is to replace your furnace if it’s past three-quarters of its life expectancy and the repairs would end up costing more than a third of the replacement cost. If your current furnace is experiencing too many breakdowns or requiring costly repairs, it might be time to replace it. The good news is that the new one will be more efficient, it will reduce your heating bills and keep you warm and comfortable all winter long.