It’s finally October, which means we are one step closer to the winter season. As you prepare your home for the colder months, it’s important to keep your furnace on the top of the list. Space heating is one of the highest energy consumers in your home, so by keeping your furnace well-maintained you will be keeping your energy bills in check. In addition, you will be ensuring that one of your most used appliances is doing its job in the upcoming months. So, if you want to learn more about HVAC maintenance, keep reading for some great furnace maintenance tips for winter, from the pros at Bardi!
Change Air Filter
This is one of the most common and important maintenance tips you will hear from HVAC technicians. Changing your air filter consistently helps to protect your unit from exposure to dust, pollen and dander. A clogged air filter can decrease consistent air flow throughout your home and will force your furnace to work harder. It can also cause other problems that can affect the condenser coils in your unit. By changing your filter, you can lower your furnace’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent and prevent any costly issues in the long run! It is best to change your filter every 1-3 months.
Your ductwork primarily transfers air throughout your home and is important to your HVAC unit. Before winter gets here, it’s important to make sure your ductwork is clean and does not have any leaks. Ductwork full of dust, dander and pollen can be bad for your indoor air quality. Why? Because the air making its way through the ducts will be full of allergens and pollutants. If there are leaks in your ductwork, your furnace will have to work harder to provide the heating set on your thermostat. While you might be inclined to servicing your ductwork yourself, it is best to let an HVAC technician handle it. Ductwork is often located in difficult and dangerous places.
Change Your Thermostat
When the temperature outside gets lower, set your thermostat to a lower temperature. In addition, make sure your thermostat is set on “auto” so the fan will only blow when the furnace is heating the air. Also, consider how you can save energy with your thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat up 7-to-10 degrees, for 8 hours a day.
Having a professional HVAC technician come look at your furnace is a great option, if you haven’t serviced your unit in a long time. A professional can inspect your unit, ducts, filter and other components to ensure your furnace is ready to handle the colder season. To give you an idea of what the technician will inspect, here’s a step-by-step guide!
Maintain Your Furnace with Bardi!
If you’re looking for a professional to service your furnace, look no further than the pros at Bardi! Our team of experienced and knowledgeable technicians serve the greater Atlanta area with pride and top-notch customer service! Call us today at 770-263-9300 or send us a message on our website!