Stay Comfortable And Protect Your Investment - Tips For Maintaining Your Gas Furnace

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Owning your own home is tremendously rewarding and exciting, but it also requires you to build up knowledge about a variety of maintenance tasks that, at time, can seem almost endless. However, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is perhaps the most important of these tasks, as it also plays a role in maintaining the lifespan of a number of smaller items.

Below, you'll find a guide to some tips for maintaining your gas furnace in your home. Following these suggestions can allow you to avoid expensive breakdowns and dangerous failures, while simultaneously guaranteeing that your home remains warm and cozy for many winters to follow.

Consistent Filter Replacement

Replacing the filter in your furnace is an important task that many people are aware of, but it tends to go neglected anyway. It's hard to tell when your furnace filter isn't functioning properly as long as your airflow remains strong, leading many people to seek replacements far less frequently than is recommended.

Be sure that you follow all manufacturer suggestions for filter replacements, including frequency, size, and material. If you want to cut back on some of the cost of your filter replacement, consider buying bulk filters in the spring or fall when sales may be down and retailers may be more likely to offer deep discounts.

Thorough Cleaning

Keeping your home free of dust and other particle contaminants is not just important for sake of presentation, but also for maintaining the health of your gas furnace. If your furnace ingests a large amount of dust, the motor will be forced to work harder to overcome it. This can lead to increased gas consumption and skyrocketing energy costs.

Dust in your furnace can also have a significant negative impact on the quality of your home's air. In order to be able to breathe comfortably while staying warm, make sure that you clean all around your furnace, even in the hard to reach and out of the way closet where it may be located.

Gas Line Inspection

A gas leak is not only an expensive occurrence, but can also put the health of the people you care about the most at risk. If you ever notice a jump in fuel consumption on your monthly gas bill that doesn't coincide with a drop in the temperature, you should ask your gas company to come inspect your line for any potential leaks. This will help make sure you're not paying for energy you don't use while also keeping your home safe and secure.

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