One of the most important ways to save money on your heating bills overall is to take care of your heating system and keep it efficient. While furnace maintenance are best left to a professional and its important to know the warning signs that maintenance is needed, just checking over certain key aspects of your furnace will allow it to operate more efficiently, reducing your monthly costs as well as maximizing your furnace’s lifespan. And since furnaces can last 20 years, making sure it is well maintained saves you money in the long term.
Preserve Your Furnace’s Performance over Its Life
The easiest thing you can do to preserve your furnace’s lifespan is to have it inspected regularly, on an annual basis at a minimum. A professional inspection of your heating system involves a few steps which will make sure that the main components of the furnace are working properly. An inspection of your furnace can save you a lot of headaches and head off problems.
One component of an inspection is to make sure that all the vents and gateways leading to the heater are unobstructed, which ensures the proper flow of heat throughout the home. An inspection also involves checking major parts and pipes, such as the outdoor combustion air pipe as well as the burner and heat exchanger, and finally things like the gas pressure coming into the furnace.
One item on furnace that may vary is replacement of filters. These are sometimes included with the price of an inspection, but not always. If not, consult with your owner’s manual or HVAC professional for instructions on ordering a replacement and replacing the filter.
By making sure that all the major components of the furnace are clear throughout and changing out filters helps keep your furnace more efficient.
When Is It Time for Replacement?
The average furnace– and this is something that should be checked with its warranty– last approximately 20 years, so older furnaces should be replaced after that time. Having a newer furnace can heat your home more thoroughly and efficiently, especially in the case of a ductless system. Newer systems are also more environmentally friendly.
By making sure that your furnace is maintained and kept up to date, you can save money over time by keeping energy efficient, consistent, and costing less.