Home heating and cooling repairs aren’t just inconvenient, they can also be extremely costly. With only a short afternoon’s worth of regular maintenance though, they’re easily avoidable and can save your household big money.
A clean furnace filter keeps your compressor coils from clogging, increases the life of your blower motor and keeps your unit running more efficiently. You’re going to want to change your filter once a month through the heating season and year round if there’s air conditioning in the system. When you open the door to your furnace filter, you should find the filter where the cold air enters the unit. Remove the dirty filter and replace it with a new one with the arrows facing towards the blower.
If you heat your home with a wood stove, be sure to remove your ashes every few days and never let them build up to the door. To maximize efficiency and prevent chimney build up, you’ll want to run the stove with the damper wide open for 10 – 15 minutes a day through the burning season and focus on burning small, hot fires rather than big blazing ones. Not only do they use less wood, they’re also much easier on your stove. Inspect your chimney twice a month through the burning season and have it professionally cleaned twice a year.
That’s it! In no time at all, you can ensure your heating and cooling systems are firing on all cylinders all year long.