Temperatures outside are gradually cooling off with easy passing day. The last memories of summer fade as thoughts of the upcoming winter take their place. It is hard to recall the last time the air conditioning was on. Finally, the day comes when the sun rises and the temperatures do not. The warm breezes of summer are now long gone and it is time to turn on the heat. You listen hopefully to see if the furnace turns on. Flipping the switch for the first time does not need to strike fear into your heart if you follow these basic home furnace maintenance tips.
Benefits of Furnace Maintenance
Many benefits result from proper furnace maintenance. Increased efficiency occurs when all parts are in good working order. The unit is able to perform free of stress and strain, resulting in a longer lifespan. Ongoing maintenance will decrease the risk of noxious gas poisoning by ensuring there are no cracks and all seals fit firmly. You’ll also be able to catch small problems before they become major issues. Regularly scheduled maintenance prevents the high cost of emergency repairs that somehow seem to occur in the middle of the coldest night of the year.
Get Your Furnace Inspected
Have your furnace professionally inspected every other year to ensure the unit is in good working order. Furnace parts can unexpectedly break or become damaged over the warmer months. An HVAC professional will properly clean the unit, change the filters and check for leaks. They will make sure the duct work is clear. The service technician will also check for little animals because critters love to take up residence in cozy warm places. The overall health of the unit will also be assessed and recommendations for parts that need to be replaced will be made.
Maintain Your Unit at Home
Homeowners can take certain steps to maintain their systems without the help of a professional. Here are some things that can be done at home:
- Bleed the valves on the radiators to remove air from the system
- Inspect the chimney for obstructions or structural damage
- Check the burners to make sure they are free of dust and debris
- Uncover all of the vents and make sure they are working
- Ensure the thermostat is working properly
- Oil the moving parts prior to using for the first time each year
Make sure your family will be warm and toasty this winter by properly maintaining your furnace. All Jersey Mechanical & Construction is here to meet your home and business construction and maintenance needs. We offer a full-service portfolio of heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, renovation, construction, maintenance, Energy Management Systems (EMS), generators and installation services in the eastern New Jersey area. We are located at 77 Cliffwood Avenue, Suite 4C in Cliffwood, New Jersey. We can be reached by phone at 732-583-1204 or by email at email@example.com. Do not hesitate to reach out to us to get your project planning underway.
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