In a country like Canada, the extent of cold is very drastic. Having your furnace system working in excellent condition is essential to ensure you have comfort inside your home. Regular maintenance of the equipment can extend its life and function effectively. It also saves you on energy bills. Here are some tips that can help you keep your furnace working properly throughout the winter.
Adjust the Thermostat
The thermostat plays a vital role in maintaining the temperature of your home. Switch from cooling to heating and set the temperature a couple of degrees higher than the current room temperature. If the heat kicks in, then the thermostat is functioning correctly; if not, take a quick check on the wire connections. If still, the problem persists, it is advisable to get in touch with a professional.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter keeps the indoor air quality in top condition. Dust and dirt are bound to accumulate in the air filter over time, degrading the air quality and obstructing the airflow in your home, making your system work harder than usual. Harder the system works, the heavier the energy bills. The air filters are very inexpensive to replace; it is vital to get them changed regularly.
Clean the Vents
Over the course of its functioning, debris and blockages accumulate in the system vents that obstruct the airflow and may also lead to the release of carbon monoxide inside your home. Carbon monoxide not only have adverse effects on your health but can also be fatal. It is advisable to clean the furnace vents every 3 to 5 years. This also ensures the life of your equipment stays intact.
Check the Heat Exchanger
The cracks in the heat exchanger can also lead to the release of carbon monoxide. Prevention is always better than cure; that is why you must get the heat exchanger vacuumed out annually. This not only cleans the heat exchanger but also ensures your system is free of cracks or leaks. Cleaning helps to maintain the system’s high performance and prevent disruption of processing.
Monitor the Control Valve
If your furnace system is not producing heat, then the control valve is one of the first places you should look. Check the control valve and ensure it is switched on so that the gas is free to flow into your system. Without gas flow, the furnace will not have anything to burn and won’t produce heat. Even after this, if your system does not produce enough heat, get it checked by a professional technician.
Regular maintenance of a system ensures that your equipment is free from damage and leaks and functions smoothly for an extended period. While some of the steps can be undertaken by yourself, the rest needs an expert’s help. If in Edmonton, you can place this issue of your furnace system in the hands of Capital Plumbing and Heating. We cater to every need as demand arises. Contact us today!