As winter temperatures dip below freezing, furnace maintenance can become a serious concern. If your furnace stops working on a particularly cold night, you and your family could find yourselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Follow these furnace maintenance tips to keep your furnace working efficiently.
Check the Thermostat
Check your thermostat’s calibration by comparing its temperature to a separate room thermometer. If the thermostat is several degrees off from the temperature recorded by your other thermometer, your furnace may not be operating efficiently. Try changing the batteries or recalibrating the thermostat. If these simple solutions do not get your furnace back to normal, schedule a furnace maintenance checkup with your local HVAC service provider, such as ServiceMaster Floor Care by MasterCare.
Change the Air Filter
You should change the air filter in your furnace every 1-3 months, depending on your family’s needs. If you have several pets and a family member with allergies, change your filter more often. If you live alone and do not have allergies, you don’t need to change your filter as often. Changing your air filter is one of the simplest and most inexpensive furnace maintenance tasks you can perform, so don’t put it off.
Schedule Preventative Furnace Maintenance
Plan to have your furnace inspected yearly by a qualified HVAC team. The best time to schedule preventative furnace maintenance is in the fall, before you turn the heat on for the winter. A yearly inspection will keep your furnace operating efficiently through the winter, and will identify any potential safety concerns, such as gas or carbon monoxide leaks, before they become a serious problem.