To avoid emergency furnace repair service calls on the coldest days of winter, there are several things you can do to ensure your central heating system is as efficient as possible now. The first things you need to ask yourself are how old is your furnace and have you have kept up with the required preventative maintenance on the unit?
As furnaces age, they gradually become less efficient, both in regards to energy usage and heating your home. You may have started to notice that your furnace runs more frequently on colder days as it attempts to heat the home. Another sign your furnace is wearing out is if you notice your energy costs continue to increase month over month.
If you notice either of these issues, then you will want to use the following steps to improve the efficiency of heating your home.
Step 1: Give your current furnace a “tune-up.”
Before you select a brand-new furnace, you should have your current one evaluated by a professional heating and air conditioning repair service technician. Some efficiency problems might be able to be resolved with some maintenance and repairs. Your technician will give you advice and let you know when you should start considering a new furnace.
Step 2: Change your air filters when needed.
A big mistake people make is to go by how the air filter will last and use this as the guide to change their air filter. It is better to inspect your air filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty. You could easily have a 90-day filter installed and, at the end of 60 days, it is dirty and needs to be changed. Dirty filters affect the efficiency and performance of your furnace.
Step 3: Address any air leaks and drafts within the home.
If you notice cold air leaks and drafts around windows and doors, you need to seal these up to improve the efficiency of your furnace.
Step 4: Address issues of condensation on your windows.
If you notice your windows get wet when it is cold outside, you are losing heat through the windows. You could upgrade the windows in your home to ones that are better insulated. Another option is to use heavier window coverings and keep windows covered to keep more heat in the home.
Step 5: Have air ducts cleaned and sealed.
Another way to improve the heating efficiency of your furnace is to make sure the air ducts do not have any leaks. Sealing the leaks stops heat loss, as well as reduces the amount of dust that gets spread around the home.
Step 6: Increase the amount of insulation in your home.
Depending on when your home was built, it may lack sufficient insulation to keep inside the home. Heat loss in older homes is quite common. Adding insulation to your attic, basement, or crawl space and exterior walls will help your furnace operate more efficiently.
Even if you decide to get a new furnace installed, it still will not be as efficient as it could be if there are other existing problems, as mentioned above.
To schedule a tune-up of your furnace, and for advice, if it is time to get a new modern furnace for your home, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-334-5677 today! We service the Olympia, Thurston, and Pierce County areas and offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair service.