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The Importance of Annual Maintenance

If you take a look at an Owner’s Manual for a gas furnace you will find one common suggestion, no matter what brand, on the recommended service and maintenance. Each manual may be worded differently but they all say the same thing: The furnace should be cleaned and adjusted by a certified contractor once a year or before the start of the heating season.

Automobiles are no different in regards to the suggested oil changes and routine maintenance. Often we find the automotive industry as a similar comparison to the HVAC industry and more specifically gas appliances. Hands down the busiest, most used appliance in your home is the furnace. It coincides directly with the air you breathe and the various particles, dust, microorganisms, hair, skin cells and/or pet dander that are found in your home. Build up of these particles in the furnace affect the performance no different than a dirty air filter will compromise the gas mileage on your car.

When gas is burned it leaves behind a residue that builds up over time and affects the efficiency of the unit. The added weight of dust and debris on the blower will cause strain on the motor used to spin the wheel. Dirty filters starve the unit of air and causes unusual high temperatures inside the furnace. This is a result of running the unit and though some parts may take longer to get dirty, it’s inevitable. Routine cleaning of these vital areas are crucial in the proper operation of your furnace.

Other tips for keeping a trouble free furnace that will heat your home all winter long would be to maintain a set temperature with no more than a 4 – 6 degree difference between the times when you are home and the times when you are not. Keep all of your bedroom and bathroom doors open. Allowing heat to get trapped in rooms will keep the home from being even tempered. Make sure all of your vents are open so the whole house gets a chance to breathe so to speak. Check your filters every 1 to 3 months and replace as needed. Buy extra filters so you always have a few around.

It’s safe to say a properly maintained furnace will not only be more reliable but it will be cheaper to operate. Do yourself and your equipment a favor and have A-Temp out for a Precision Tune Up and Cleaning for only $89 and learn about our guarantees that will keep you warm all winter.