You have nothing to gain by ignoring your heating system. The following maintenance tips are easy to do, and they will promote optimal furnace performance. The steps that you take to reduce strain on the system will reward you with lower maintenance costs and a longer lifespan for the equipment.

1. Change the Filter

A clogged furnace filter forces the furnace to work harder to move air through the ducts. Filters are readily available at home supply and hardware stores, and they only cost a few dollars. Plan to change your filter two or three times during the heating season.

2. Clean the Furnace and Vents

Use your vacuum wand to extract dust bunnies from the furnace housing and vents throughout your home. Excessive dust buildup gradually dirties the moving parts within the blower and reduces performance. Buildups of dust and pet hair on vents limit airflow as well. A thorough annual cleaning before turning on the furnace will help the machinery maintain peak performance.

While cleaning the furnace, if you see problems like soot, loose wires or a pilot light that has gone out, have the experts from Hi-Tech Air Conditioning inspect the furnace for you. We’re based in Lakeside, CA, and our technicians can give your heating system a thorough tune-up. Seasonal maintenance could protect you from an inconvenient breakdown over the winter.

3. Inspect Ducts

Holes or loose joint connections in output ducts can let warm air escape the system. A gap or crevice in a duct on the air intake creates an inefficient back draft that wastes heat and power. You can seal loose duct joints or holes with caulk or heat-graded foil tape.

Dependable Heating and Cooling Service

Since 1990, Hi-Tech Air Conditioning has satisfied residential and commercial customers with high-quality HVAC services. In addition to fixing, maintaining and replacing furnaces, we do the same with air conditioners. If you want to learn how to improve the energy efficiency of your home, ask us for a home comfort analysis. Contact Hi-Tech Air Conditioning today with any indoor comfort questions.