When it comes to your furnace, you want to make sure it lasts. Generally, furnaces can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, all depending on the quality of the furnace and how well it is cared for. During a cold winter, you want to make sure the furnace is going to make it through the season. To help you get the most time out of your furnace, we at Absolute Air Conditioning & Plumbing would like to offer some tips that can extend the life of your furnace.
Change Air Filter Often
If not replaced or cleaned regularly, your neglected air filter can drain the life out of your furnace. From allowing dirt and debris to enter the furnace, the air filter protects your furnace from the dirt and debris it collects. Your furnace must work much harder to move air when dirt begins to cover the filter. The furnace fan will need to work hard to overcome the additional resistance due to the blanket of dirt and dust covering the filter. Additionally, in order to raise the temperature your furnace will need to run longer since less air is moving through the system.
Seal Air Leaks in Your Home
The warm air your furnace works so hard to produce is being robbed through any kind of leak. In addition to losing the warm air you paired for, you furnace is working harder and longer to keep up with the demand, resulting in it loosing years from the lifespan. Any small gaps and spaces can allow air to infiltrate from the front door, windows, bathroom and kitchen vents, walls, basement intrusions and other small gaps and spaces. Ensuring your home is properly sealed and insulated is one of the best things you can do to not only improve the life of your furnace but also the comfort of your home. Weather stripping and caulking are all used to help seal the gaps.
Replacement Thermostat Upgrade
Furnaces that are over worked will naturally break down permanently sooner rather than later. You are diminishing your furnace’s longevity; despite the toasty comforts you receive. You need to implement balance with your furnace usage to avoid losing your furnace too early. Without worrying about human error, the best way to implement proper balance to your furnace is with a programmable furnace. The usage of your heating system is better controlled when you install a programmable thermostat. Based on time of day and season, turning the heat down at night and during the day when no one is around, you can set a predefined schedule that adjusts the temperature of your home. Smart thermostats offer even less limitations which helps you extend the life of your furnace.
Furnace Tune Up Maintenance
We recommend having your furnace maintained at regular intervals to avoid the nightmare of getting your furnace repaired. To make certain you are eliminating future issues that could occur on the coldest of Houston winters, an expert HVAC technician will run through an extensive checklist of items when you are due for your furnace annual tune-up.