The triple digit temperatures are over, and it’s, in fact, downright chilly now – especially during the evening hours. If you haven’t already, you’re soon likely to fire up your furnace. The following tips can help you avoid common furnace frustrations that many homeowners face this time of the year.
Start with a Clean Air Filter
Here in the desert, it’s a good idea to replace your air filter once a month. This can help your furnace’s fan and motor run optimally and decrease energy usage. Remember – restricted air flow from a dirty filter can directly cause component failure and costly repairs.
Keep the Area Around the Furnace Clear
Most furnaces in Arizona homes are in a closet or garage. And, it can be tempting to store belongings in these spaces. It’s very important to keep a clearance of three to five feet around your furnace for safety and to help circulate air freely through it.
Check Vents and Registers
Don’t put your home at risk by placing paper, blankets or other items near vents or registers. By keeping these areas free from obstructions, you can improve airflow and greatly reduce the chance of a fire.
Use Ceiling Fans
Yes, fans cool you in the summer, but they can help even out overall warmth in the winter months, too. Heat naturally rises and collects near the ceiling. By running your ceiling fan on low, you can push warmed air down. This is an especially beneficial strategy in homes with vaulted ceilings.
Get a Furnace Tune Up
Like your air conditioner, your furnace should be inspected and tuned up once a year to ensure it’s running at peak efficiency. One loose wire or faulty part can jeopardize the efficiency of your system and even cause a sudden breakdown.
Choose the Right Furnace Repair Provider
If you are experiencing a problem with your furnace, it can’t be stated more strongly. Choose a professional, experienced technician who has the ability to diagnose the problem and make the appropriate repairs. At Chandler Air, we’re here to help you with all your HVAC needs – including those related to furnaces.