Keeping Up With Your Furnace

With just a little bit of effort, you can keep your furnace from causing a lot of headache – and headaches often lead to spending hard earned money. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping up with the furnace in your home.

Pilot Light. This is the usual suspect of a malfunction. Most people will call their heating specialist when the furnace isn’t functioning correctly — and often, the problem is the pilot light. If your pilot light is out, it’s likely that you can relight it by hand. The instructions to do so should be printed on the furnace itself, and the process is relatively simple.

Another good habit to form is cleaning the unit. You’ll want to verify that the blower is free of debris, dust, and buildup, and definitely vacuum it if necessary.

Filters. Ideally, you’ll want to replace your furnace’s air filter every 30 days or so. We realize most people won’t keep up with this, but it’s important to keep in mind that a dirty filter can lead to some costly problems over time, as it forces your furnace to work harder – which decreases its lifespan. Try to change yours semi-regularly.

A furnace that runs more efficiently will save you money. It’s a no-brainer.

Check back soon for more of Joseph’s money saving tips and tricks.