As the new year approaches, it is not only the perfect time for you to set personal goals but also an excellent opportunity to make the health of your furnace a top priority. Because your furnace plays an integral role in ensuring your comfort during the winter months, you must set some goals for your furnace to ensure it continues to serve you in the way that you need. Here are five goals you must set for your furnace for the new year.
1. Schedule a Professional Inspection
Kick off the new year with a professional furnace inspection. A qualified technician can identify potential issues, clean and lubricate components and ensure that your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Regular inspections not only prevent unexpected breakdowns but also contribute to a longer life span of your HVAC equipment. Addressing any minor issues early on can save you from costly repairs down the line.
2. Set a Goal to Change Your Air Filters Regularly
If you have been slacking on changing your air filters, now is the time to set a reminder to stick to a schedule for regular filter changes. HVAC experts recommend that filter changes occur every three months; however, you may need to perform this task more often if you have many people or pets in your home. Regular filter changes ensure that your furnace will not have to work harder to regulate the climate in your home, and you can avoid unnecessary repairs. Clean filters also contribute to enhanced indoor air quality, which will contribute to better overall health.
3. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you are still using a manual thermostat, you should invest in a programmable model. Programmable thermostats allow for optimal energy savings because you can customize settings that will align with your daily routine. For example, you can set the thermostat to decrease temperatures while you are at work or sleeping and increase them when you are home and active. Making adjustments like these can reduce energy consumption that translates to significant savings on your utility bills.
4. Declutter the Area Around Your Furnace
Many homeowners opt to use the areas around their furnaces for storage. If you are engaging in this practice, you must set a goal to declutter this space. Leave 3 feet of space around your furnace, and remove any items that may be flammable.
5. Unblock Your Vents
You can start the new year out fresh by unblocking your vents to ensure optimal airflow. Make sure that furniture and rugs are not covering your vents, and remove any accumulated debris by cleaning and vacuuming them thoroughly.
By setting these five goals for your furnace, you can embrace the winter season with confidence that you will remain comfortable. To ensure the environment in your Tallahassee, FL home remains cozy this winter, contact Payne’s Heating and Air Conditioning to ask about our furnace repair and inspection services today.