The first day of winter is just around the corner. Our brisk and beautiful winter weather is something many Colorado residents look forward to each year. But winters aren’t enjoyable without a dependable furnace to keep your home warm and cozy when the temperature drops below freezing. With several more months left in the heating season, how confident are you in your furnace’s ability to do just that?
We want you to enjoy uninterrupted warmth from your home’s furnace this season. Our technicians are always available for any heating repair in Colorado Springs you may need. However, the ideal situation is to avoid furnace issues in the first place. Here are some tips on how you can avoid heating repairs this winter.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance Early
A heater that is maintained regularly is less likely to need repairs, no matter what type of heating system you have. Without regular maintenance, your system will be subject to unnecessary wear and tear and might not last for its estimated lifespan, leading to a possible early replacement. Maintenance also means your furnace will run safely, providing even greater peace of mind. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance on your heating system, it’s not too late to do so.
Change the Filter on a Regular Basis
This is one of the easiest things you can do to help your furnace run efficiently. Your furnace’s filter protects its interior parts from dirt, dust, and other particles that enter through the return air ducts. We recommend a new filter before winter arrives and then changing it every 1-3 months, depending on which type of filter it takes. A dirty filter puts unnecessary strain on the furnace which can cause it not to run efficiently and to overheat.
Resist the Urge to Crank the Heat Up
It’s often assumed that by turning the heat up, the furnace will warm a space faster. This simply isn’t true. Most furnaces have one fan speed, while others don’t have more than 2-3. Cranking the heat up won’t warm your living space any faster; it just increases the strain on your system.
Keep the Vents Open and Unobstructed
This sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many homeowners neglect this simple step. Check your home and make sure that all the vents are open and unobstructed. Blocked vents put unnecessary strain on the furnace and can cause damage to the ductwork.
Don’t Ignore Potential Problems
We know it’s easy to ignore the warning signs that your furnace needs some professional attention, but that’s something you shouldn’t do. Addressing any potential problems early on will save money, headaches, and hassle.
If you notice your furnace doing anything out of the ordinary such as emitting strange smells or noises or short cycling, schedule service with us. An early, easy repair that stops a future, more complicated repair is the kind you won’t mind getting!