How to Extend Your Furnace’s Life Span
Replacing a furnace is not cheap, especially if you have to do it in the middle of winter after it finally bites the dust. The better plan is to take steps to expand its usable life for as long as possible. Let’s look at a few ways you can do this.
#1 Annual Preventative Maintenance
Before you turn the furnace on in the autumn, have a qualified HVAC technician perform preventative maintenance. Dust can clog essential components, decreasing efficiency and causing your system to wear out faster. Electrical connections and wires can corrode. Motors can wear out without proper lubrication.
The technician will perform a number of tasks to keep your furnace working efficiently, such as lubricating moving parts, ensuring connections are tight, checking for CO leaks, cleaning key components, and inspecting wiring and duct work. All of these tasks helps prolong the life of the furnace with fewer repair needs and less wear and tear.
#2 Change or Clean Air Filters Regularly
This is the simplest thing a homeowner can do to prolong the life of the furnace. A clogged air filter does two things which cause problems for furnaces.
It blocks the free flow of air into the system, which makes it have to work harder to keep the house comfortable. That leads to excessive wear and more frequent repairs.
It allows dust to enter the inside of the furnace, causing it to work less efficiently. This also causes more wear and tear.
Check the filter once a month. If it’s clogged change or clean it. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations on what type of filter to use.
#3 Manage Interior Humidity Levels
Ideally, your home’s humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent during the winter. If it’s higher than that, it can lead to rusting of the heat exchanger. The proper level of humidity also makes you feel warmer, so you don’t have to turn the system up too high.
#4 Install and Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically control when the furnace kicks on and at what temperature. Instead of heating the house all day when no one’s home, you can set it at a much lower temperature and have it start warming back up close to the time you typically get home. This helps reduce the wear on the furnace and prolongs its life span significantly.
#5 Seal and Insulate Your Home
Air leaks allow cold air to get inside your home, making the furnace work harder as a result. Poorly insulated walls and attics can do the same. Sealing air leaks and insulating the home properly can drastically reduce the work the furnace has to perform to keep the home comfortable.
A few simple steps and you can extend the life of your furnace significantly. If you need to schedule your annual furnace maintenance or have any other heating needs, contact Glenmont HVAC today.