Tips for Making Your Furnace Run Smoother In the Winter
The New Jersey winter can be tough on your home’s furnace, and making sure your furnace runs efficiently could save you money in the long run. Not only will it save you money on your monthly gas bill, but it will also ensure that your furnace lasts as long as possible, meaning you save money on not having to replace it. Here are our tips at Precision Tech Home Services for making your furnace run smoother.
Clean The Filter
The purpose of the furnace filter is to prevent dust and hair from clogging your furnace. But after the filter has been in place for a while, it gets full of debris. Your furnace then has to work harder to pull air through the densely packed filter, which places extra stress on the furnace.
How often you clean your filter can depend on a lot of things. How often you clean your home, whether or not you have pets, and recent renovations can all make a difference. We recommend checking the filter monthly for debris. If you can see hair and dust on the surface, then replace the filter or wash it if it’s the reusable kind.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are one of the best ways of reducing your monthly gas bill, and they often pay for themselves in one year. They also reduce wear and tear on your furnace. Using a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you are away from home or sleeping is a great way to save money and increased the lifespan of your heater.
Keep the Area Around the Furnace Clear
You may keep your furnace in a basement or somewhere else out of the way. Keeping a three to five foot area around your furnace completely clear of stored items is extremely important. First, this is a safety issue to keep items away from burning gas. But it also helps the furnace run smoother because air can circulate freely.
Get Regular Furnace Tune-Ups
Make sure you have your furnace inspected and tuned up every year to ensure it’s running at peak efficiency. One faulty part can place strain on the rest of the system and can lead to sudden breakdowns. You can learn more about furnace services and tune-ups here.
Bake More in the Winter Months
Give your furnace a break by using the oven more. It will heat the entire kitchen area and may help heat your entire ground floor. And of course, there is the best benefit of having a delicious meal and a great-smelling house.
Keep a Good Humidity Level
Winter weather tends to lead to drier air in the home. This air not only dries skin and throats, but it can make us feel colder than we really are. Using a humidifier to bring your humidity level up to about 40% will help transfer heat better. More humidity is also better for wood floors and furniture and can help prevent asthma and allergy attacks. Learn more about your home’s air quality here.
Ask an expert
Need help with your furnace filters, installing a programmable thermostat, tuning up your furnace, or checking your indoor air quality? Contact the experts at Precision Tech for any of these services in your home.