Gas furnaces can last for many years with preventative maintenance. With the proper care they can heat a home efficiently, and generally with less expenses than their electric counterparts. Here are a couple tips to help keep the gas furnace running smoothly for years to come:
- Change the Filter
This is an easy task, but it is also easy to forget. Everyone’s suggestion on how often varies, but a good rule of thumb is every 3 months. Just check the filter occasionally to see if it’s getting too dirty, if it is, then change it. In the winter it might need to be done a little more often since it is seeing more usage.
Catch problems before they happen with twice yearly furnace and AC maintenance with the pros at Diamond Heating and Cooling. They will help keep everything running smoothly and check all the parts.
- Clean It
While the filter catches most of the debris, some can leak out into the unit. By cleaning the blower assembly, pulleys, and belts with a damp cloth, it will help everything run better. Just remove the panel that covers the filter to reach these parts.
While filter changes, maintenance, and cleaning help keep everything running, sometimes it isn’t enough to keep the gas bill from skyrocketing during the fall and winter months. Intermountain Gas Company has some tips for gas furnace users to help save money:
- Keep the thermoset set between 65 and 70 degrees. If away from the house for four or more hours set it down to 58 degrees.
- Don’t restrict air flow by closing registers or placing furniture in front of or on top of cold air returns.
- Weatherize with caulking and weather-stripping to seal leaks
- Install glass doors on the fireplace and close dampers when not in use to reduce heat lost through the chimney
- Avoid changing the thermostat frequently
Homeowners who haven’t had their gas furnaces serviced yet should call Diamond Heating and Cooling immediately. With temperatures in Boise and rest of the Treasure Valley dropping rapidly the time for furnace maintenance is now.