This holiday season, don’t let problems with your furnace keep you from enjoying a family meal. Make sure your furnace is in the best shape possible, and you can prevent sudden breakdowns (and improve efficiency, too!). Learn more about how to prepare your furnace for Thanksgiving and the holiday season to come in this guide, and call our technicians for more helpful advice.
Change the Filter
The simplest thing you can do to prepare your heater for the holiday season is also one of the most important. A clean furnace filter is recommended for a healthy home and family. But it also ensures airflow coming through the furnace continues to be sufficient, so the heating system won’t become overworked. Change the filter every month or so—and especially before a big holiday meal.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Upgrade your thermostat to a Wi-Fi thermostat for ease-of-use, so that everyone in the home can feel more comfortable. A Wi-Fi thermostat can be operated from a wall thermostat or from an app on your smart phone, so you can monitor energy usage if you’re not home. It’s also important to make sure people in the home know how the thermostat works. The most important thing to tell your family is this: the thermostat will not heat the home any faster just because you turn the thermostat up all the way. It will only waste energy!
Have Your Ductwork Inspected
One of the more time-consuming ways to ensure that all of your guests are comfortable in your home is to schedule duct inspection and repair. But in the end, it will be worth it. Duct leaks are common, with about 20-30% of the air moving through a home’s ventilation system leaking out through the ducts instead of moving straight to the rooms of a home. That means a 20-30% energy loss, and a major problem for your furnace, which has to work a lot harder than it should. Repairing ductwork maximizes airflow and helps to reduce the chances your furnace will break during a holiday dinner.
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