When winter is just around the corner, you rely on your home’s furnace to keep yourself warm and comfortable. However, problems with your furnace can be inconvenient and cause great discomfort in the winter. Maintaining your furnace periodically and taking care of its cleanliness can help it last longer and avoid major problems.
The average lifespan of a residential furnace is between 15 to 20 years. However, proper maintenance can increase this lifespan extending it a few years. So, how can you improve your furnace’s life?
Maintain The Right Airflow
Maintaining adequate airflow is important to ensure your furnace works right and for a longer lifetime. Cleaning your furnace and maintaining it is important to avoid clogging your furnace. Blocks in your furnace prevent proper airflow that puts extra strain on your furnace. This will not only significantly increase your energy consumption but also lead to extra wear and tear on your furnace.
Therefore, it’s important that you maintain your furnaces’ filters to ensure they are not clogged. When they are not under any strain, they will perform better without extra effort, thus improving their lifespan.
Install Programmable Thermostats For Heat Management
Another thing you can do to improve your furnace’s life is install programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat will maintain the temperature level automatically and switch to a lower temperature when you are not at home. So, the system will be put in hibernation mode automatically when no one is home. You can also connect it to your smartphone and WiFi to adjust the temperature remotely.
Install The Right Filters
Your furnace filter can become dusty and clogged thus requiring replacement, if the right kind of filter is not fitted, it will affect the furnaces performance. Hiring a furnace professional who can guide you on what size filter you need for your furnace can help prevent wear and tear.
Get An Annual Check-up
Don’t wait for problems to surface to get your furnace checked and maintained. You must maintain its maintenance and conduct annual check-ups to ensure it is working that way it should. Call a professional furnace technician to have your furnace checked for any faults or problems. They will clean your furnace and replace any parts that are worn out. Annual check-ups of your furnace can avoid bigger and more costly problems later on.
Avoid The ‘ON’ Setting
There are two setting options on a furnace, ‘ON’ and ‘Auto’. In the ‘ON’ setting, the blower constantly runs, whereas in the ‘Auto’ setting, the blower runs only when the furnace is in use. Leaving your furnace on the ‘ON’ setting will make it run constantly, thereby significantly affecting your furnace.
How Long Should Your Furnace Last?
Furnaces have an average lifespan of 15-20 years, but this life can be increased or decreased depending on your usage and maintenance habits. Hiring a furnace technician that can regularly take care of your furnace and keep it in good condition can help avoid bigger problems and make your furnace last longer.
Hire Nor-Can Heating & Air
Nor-Can can help you discover if your furnace is functioning at optimal performance or needs repair or replacement. Our expert technicians figure out the underlying problems with your furnace and resolve the issue so you can enjoy the winter season. Contact us for more assistance.