As a Bay Area homeowner living in San Mateo, Hayward, or surrounding areas, you may be curious as to whether it’s possible to extend the life of your furnace. The fact is, the better you take care of your system, the longer it will perform properly, heating your home while saving you money.
Like any other appliance or equipment, proper maintenance can make the difference in how long your heating system lasts, and how efficiently it performs. Here are a few tips to help ensure your furnace provides your family with warm, comfortable indoor air for years to come:
Replace the filter. Certainly you’ve heard this hundreds of times, but do you actually do it? This is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do yourself. A fresh filter removes more contaminants from the air, ensuring the air moves freely throughout your system.
Keep registers free from obstruction. You cannot have good air circulation throughout your home if air registers are blocked by curtains, furniture, rugs, or other obstructions.
Seal any ductwork that leaks. When joints aren’t properly sealed or there are cracks/holes in your ducts, cold air gets inside – and conditioned air can escape instead of coming into your home. Seal any leaks with duct mastic, or have your San Francisco HVAC contractor do it for you.
Have your ducts cleaned by a professional. Every few years it’s a good idea to have your ductwork cleaned, as dirt, rodent droppings, and other potentially hazardous debris can build up in your ducts. These contaminants are then blown into your living spaces!
Have your furnace tuned up every year. Having a tune-up performed on your furnace every year will ensure optimal operation, safety, and energy efficiency. Your HVAC technician will inspect all of the components of your system, make any necessary repairs or adjustments, and check its operation to ensure everything is functioning as it should be.
By doing the above recommended steps, you can extend the life of your furnace system and enjoy energy savings!
Need more information regarding your heating system? Call us or schedule a furnace tune-up today. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in helping Bay Area homeowners enjoy a comfortable home while saving on energy costs!