Spring Furnace Checkup – Maintenance Series
March 20, 2015
Today is the first day of spring – that means it’s time to talk furnace maintenance again!
While spring isn’t the time of year when we worry most about furnace maintenance, there are still a couple things you can do to make sure your heating system is ready to go next autumn.
First, make sure to change your air filter. This is always important as a part of regular maintenance. Indoor air quality can be affected by the particles lying dormant in your air filter, so make sure to replace it routinely. Along with all of the other health benefits, a clean air filter can be a saving grace once plants start pollinating. Furnace filters will help catch any pollen that is circulating in your house and ease any allergy symptoms.
Another important thing to do is make sure there are no cracks on your home’s ductwork. With the warmer weather coming, going into lesser-insulated areas such as attics is less of a burden. Fixing these cracks now could save you on next year’s heating bill.
On the topic of cracks, now is also a good time to seal any areas that could possibly allow heat to escape from your house. Check the seals around doors and windows to make sure you won’t be pouring your money away when you turn your furnace back on. Preventative maintenance now can mean less worry in the future.
If you are at all concerned about your furnace’s performance it is best to call in a licensed local contractor to perform an inspection. An inspection is relatively inexpensive and can save you some big repairs in the long run. Don’t put off your worries until the fall – get them checked while they are fresh in your mind.
These are just some of the small, simple things you can do this spring to ensure that when you turn your furnace back on this fall you will not be in for any unpleasant surprises.
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