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A cozy home for winter is a welcoming feeling. Winter is here in full force and having your furnace in optimum condition is not only a real money-saver but can actually contribute to your health and comfort. Here are four furnace maintenance tips from the professionals at Fesmire Heating & Air Conditioning.

1. Change Your Filter

A clean filter is a must for your furnace to run efficiently.  Dust, pet dander, spores, bacteria and dust mites can clog up the filter and allow for less airflow. Inadequate airflow results in the furnace having to work harder and energy bills begin to rise. In addition, a clogged air filter can lead to those wintertime illnesses due to all the particulates being blown throughout the house. Replace your filter according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

2. Check the Motor Blower

Another quick furnace maintenance tip is to assure the motor blower is also up to par. The blower motor is responsible for pushing the heated air through the home. Don’t wait until you hear any squeaking or high-pitched sounds (when the furnace kicks on) to get your furnace serviced. Have yearly checks to assure all moving parts are sound.

3. Lessen the Work Load

A great money-saving tip is to address any potential areas where there may be drafts or reduced energy efficiency. Drafty windows and poorly insulated areas lead to your furnace kicking on a lot more often. This will result in greater energy costs. However, another added cost could end up being on over-worked furnace system. Trying to maintain a constant temperature will be much more difficult in a less than energy efficient home, resulting in untimely wearing out of furnace parts. It’s a good practice to occasionally have a  technician assess your home. Using specialized equipment, an HVAC technician can locate areas where heat loss is prevalent.

4. Clearing the Way

The last of the four furnace maintenance tips is to keep all vents clear. Furniture is the number one greatest offender when it comes to blocking vents. Blocked vents result in less airflow and furnace systems really need to breathe. If your furnace system is not breathing well, this will cause stress on the system and could result in an unnecessary furnace repair bill.

We hope these few quick tips will help you to keep a warm and cozy home this winter while also saving you a little more money on your heating bills.

Feel free to contact Fesmire Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions you may have or to schedule your furnace maintenance. We would be happy to hear from you!