A New Homeowner's Guide To Maintaining Your Heating Service

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Congratulations on your new home! If you've only lived in rental properties up until this point, you may not know much about maintaining a functioning heating service. This may come as a surprise, but the power is in your hands to keep your furnace functioning--and functioning efficiently--for many years to come. These tips will help you as you strive to maintain your heating service. 

Change the Air Filter Regularly

The air filter cleans the air that circulates through your ducts, preventing pollutants from clogging your HVAC system. The air filter should be replaced every 3 months when your HVAC system is in use. Replacing the air filter on a regular basis will prevent the furnace from working harder than necessary to heat your home, and will help extend the life of your furnace. 

Have Your Heater Inspected After Move-In

Once you've settled in at your house and you're ready to assess the condition of your furnace, have a heater repair person take a look at your unit. He or she will be able to tell you if your heater needs maintenance or repair. Once the furnace has been given a clean bill of health, you can start to learn your heater's normal sounds and behaviors. This will allow you to recognize changes in your heater's functioning and address issues before they become a problem. 

Watch and Listen for Changes

Furnaces make noise as they switch on and off throughout the day. Pay attention to these noises, and note when changes take place. Rattling, screeching, chirping, clanging and thudding noises are all indications that your furnace is in distress and should be serviced immediately. In addition, your furnace should not smell like smoke or gas. If your furnace begins to emit a burning smell, shut off the unit and contact a heater repair person immediately. If your furnace starts to smell like gas, evacuate your house immediately and contact your gas company. 

Get a Programmable Thermostat

If you bought an older home with a non-programmable analog thermostat, then it may be time to upgrade to a digital programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats will change the temperature in the home throughout the day as the demand changes. Ultimately, this ensures that your heater will only run as often as necessary. This can extend the life of your furnace by months or years. 

For more information, contact Good Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Inc. or a similar company.

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