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Furnace Maintenance for your Furnace

Each winter, countless homeowners will experience issues with their furnaces when the cold air sets in, and then will be in for a headache, as well as expensive costs of replacement in some instances. There are several benefits to keeping up with furnace maintenance and cleaning. You will want to make sure to contact us at the first sign of an issue with the furnace. We can inspect it to ensure the parts and components are working the most efficient way possible. From an energy efficiency standpoint, furnace maintenance is critical to lowering heating costs. If your furnace is not running properly, it will be using more energy to yield less heat. Cleaning and maintenance will mitigate this risk, allowing you to stay warm without causing extra spending.

Air quality should also be a priority for your home in the winter. You and your family will be spending more time in the house with the windows shut. In addition to furnace maintenance, it is recommended getting the air ducts evaluated and cleaned to reduce dust, dirt and mold particles in the air. Duct cleaning and maintenance can also improve energy efficiency in winter.

You will also want to remember to check and replace the filter for your furnace when it is recommended. The filter is designed to capture dust, dirt, and other pollutants that are in the air of your home. Remember to not run the filter, as it can cause extra strain on the parts of the furnace. If you do notice an issue with the furnace system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

Why Winter Decreases the Quality of Air in your Home

 

Having your home with the best air quality possible is important. This also helps your family to be healthy. If the air is less than ideal your health could become compromised in the long run. The should be tested for radon or any other harmful pollutants. It is also beneficial to make sure that you have a fire detector and carbon monoxide detector as well. The recommendation is to place these outside bedrooms. This helps to ensure your family stays safe, while sleeping.

The air might also be low quality because of animals. Pets have dander and fur that can cause allergic reactions with some people. As people stay indoors more, so do pets that go outside during less inclement weather. If you have pets, you will have to change the filter more often. Make sure to check it on a regular basis, and replace the filter when you need to. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritated eyes, nose, or throat. Asthma may also be aggravated because of the pollution. If you or a family member already has a issue with air quality and health, having poor indoor air quality will continue to make things worse.

The efficiency can also improve when you improve the indoor air quality in your home.  Make sure to contact us if you have any questions about your air quality or HVAC system.

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