A failed furnace in the middle winter is inconvenient at best, and at worst can leave your home uninhabitable until it's repaired. While some problems are unavoidable, many furnace repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance and the assistance of a skilled professional. The tips below will help maximize the efficiency of your heating system, while reducing unnecessary repairs and preventable breakdowns.
A Guide to Avoiding Furnace Repairs
Changing the Air Filter
The air filter helps control the air quality of your home, removing dust and particulates that otherwise end up inside the furnace. A dirty, clogged air filter also restricts airflow to the furnace, forcing your equipment to work harder than necessary. During the winter, change your air filter once a month, and buy thicker filters that can hold more dust without reducing airflow.
Open All the Air Vents
Closing air vents in rooms you aren’t using may seem like a good way to conserve energy, but it can actually lead to premature furnace repairs. Like dirty air filters, closed vents restrict the movement of air through the system, putting extra wear and tear on the unit and increasing the pressure inside your ducts.
Schedule an Inspection
Before turning on your furnace for the year, have an experienced HVAC technician examine the system to ensure everything is ready for the winter. Along with inspecting your furnace for potential problems, they’ll also make minor adjustments to maximize the efficiency of your system, keeping your home comfortable and reducing your energy bills.
Before firing up your furnace this winter, call the professionals at Total Environmental Cooling & Heating for a complete inspection. With their expertise and inventory of high-quality parts, you can rely on their technicians for prompt, long-lasting, and affordable furnace repairs and maintenance. Visit their website for more on their heating services, follow their Facebook for news and updates, or call (817) 694-0919 to schedule service anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.