It won’t be long before the leaves change color and the temperature drops enough to warrant running your furnace. Since your furnace hasn’t ran all summer, you’ll need to schedule maintenance with one of our HVAC contractors.

We can help you maintain a high efficiency furnace so you can save money in the long run on energy bills and avoid expensive heating repairs this winter.

Continue reading to learn our tips for running your furnace efficiently. Our HVAC contractors recommend furnace maintenance so you can avoid being without heat in the middle of January. During inspection, we’ll also make sure that your furnace runs safely and efficiently.

UNBLOCK AIR VENTS

If you have rearranged furniture since the last time you ran your furnace, you’ll want to make sure there’s nothing blocking the registers, radiators, or baseboard heaters. It’s not uncommon for furniture (or even heavy curtains) to block air vents. If a room feels colder than the rest of your house, you’ll want to first make sure that nothing is blocking the air vents.

CHANGE FURNACE FILTERS

Your furnace filter is responsible for trapping allergens floating in the air like dust, dirt, pollen, and pet hair. However, you’ll need to make sure you change dirty furnace filters every 3 to 12 months so your furnace continues to run efficiently. The type ofheating furnace you have in your home will determine how often you have to change the filter.

A dirty filter can cause your forced air furnace to run inefficiently. This is because your furnace has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat. Unfortunately, this can cause the house furnace to prematurely break down or drive up your energy bills in the meantime. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to schedule routine furnace service.

PROGRAM THERMOSTAT FOR WINTER

The best way to save money this year is to program your thermostat for cold weather. This means setting your programmable thermostat for as low a temperature as is comfortable. The lower the temperature on your thermostat, the less energy your furnace will use to heat your home.

We recommend lowering the temperature for when everyone is out of the house. You may also want to lower the temperature in your home if you plan on going away on a winter vacation. Remember to keep the temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the pipes from freezing.

SCHEDULE FURNACE MAINTENANCE

We always recommend customers schedule their furnace tune-ups in the fall so that any repairs can be done before the first snow. Our HVAC contractors are able to change dirty filters and do any necessary furnace repairs. The cost of furnace maintenance is less than what you would pay for premature furnace replacement in the middle of winter.

Our Lansing HVAC contractors are dedicated to making sure your furnace works this winter by offering a range of heating and cooling services. If you wish to schedule afurnace inspection, or ask questions about your home heating system, call A-1 Mechanical at (517) 272-8629.