How often do you think about your forced air heating system? If you're like most homeowners, the answer is "not very often." In your lack of attention, there's a good chance you're making some mistakes when it comes to properly maintaining your system. These mistakes could lead to premature furnace breakdowns and higher energy bills – among other consequences.
Mistake #1: Not changing your furnace filter often enough.
Experts recommend changing your furnace filter every 1–3 months. If you have pets or suffer from allergies, you'll want to lean towards the lower end of this range. Failing to change your filter often enough can cause a number of consequences:
- Your furnace will have to work harder to push air through the filter, leading to higher energy costs.
- Your risk of furnace malfunctions will increase since your furnace has to work harder.
- You'll notice more dirt and debris around your home, and your allergies may act up as a result.
Go to the hardware store, and purchase a stack of filters so you always have one on hand. Then, mark the days you need to change your filter on the calendar so you don't forget.
Mistake #2: Never cleaning your ducts.
Your ducts accumulate dust, mold spores, pet dander and more. If you never clean them out, they'll just keep blowing this debris around your home, causing you to have to clean more frequently. When your ducts are dirty, your furnace filter also clogs with debris more quickly. You can expect to pay between $300 and $500 for a professional duct cleaning. This may sound like a lot, but having your ducts cleaned even every couple of years will extend the life of your furnace and improve your indoor air quality.
Mistake #3: Never having your system tuned up.
Having your HVAC contractor come out and tune up your furnace every fall will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. This will help prevent small issues, like loose screws, from developing into larger ones – like complete furnace failure. During a typical tune up, your HVAC tech will ensure moving parts are well lubricated, your thermostat is responding properly, and all ventilation is hooked up properly to prevent leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. Scheduling regular tune ups is important for safety and function.
If you avoid the mistakes above, your furnace will last longer and you won't need as many repairs. Plus, your home will be cleaner and safer. For more information , contact and HVAC company like Soco Air Conditioning.