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The Importance of Maintaining Your Furnace

Your furnace controls the temperature by circulating warm air throughout your home while also filtering out dust and allergens to keep the air in your home or business clean. Without a routine maintenance check from a trusted Chicago heating company, such as Lakeview Heating & Cooling, a number of things could happen to your furnace that can leave you with dirty air or worse, in the cold. The best way to avoid major furnace problems is to schedule a simple check-up to ensure your furnace will work at optimal efficiency throughout the winter.

 

Replace Your Furnace Filter

Replacing the furnace filter is an important part in maintaining your furnace. A furnace works by pulling air into the system and through a filter to block all the dust and allergens from being released back into the air. Overtime the dust will accumulate in the filter and can slow down the intake and release of air back into your home, reducing the efficiency of your furnace. This decrease in efficiency will increase the price of your heating bill and the time it takes to heat your home in the winter. In addition to costing you money, a dirty filter will also continue to release dust and allergens into the air, leaving your family at risk for respiratory problems, such as asthma. A well-maintained furnace will keep your air clean and dust free. Simple filter replacement helps increase the lifespan of your furnace while also saving you money immediately. This is simple thing that is too often overlooked. Do yourself a favor and make a note in your calendar to check your filters every month.

Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance

While checking filters is an easy thing to do, there are other things that can adversely impact the operation of your furnace. That is why it is important to schedule a regular maintenance check every year with a professional Chicago heating contractor. If even the smallest problem occurs and goes unnoticed or unaddressed, it can drastically shorten the lifespan of your furnace.

Checking the blower belt of your furnace is always a good idea. If that belt becomes loose, your furnace will not function as efficiently as it should, leaving you a higher energy bills and less hot air. Condensation drains are another part of the furnace to keep an eye on. If condensation drains are blocked, it can cause the safety switch to shut off the furnace and leave your house freezing in the coldest days of winter. Loose, leaky and blocked ducts can also lead to may problems within a furnace if they go unaddressed.

Call A Furnace Maintenance Specialist

Most furnace maintenance issues are easily identified when you partner with a Chicago furnace service specialist. If ever there were an ideal example of an “ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure”, regularly scheduled furnace maintenance is it.  Annual maintenance checks save you money and ensure your family’s warmth during the harsh winter months. HVAC companies, such as Lakeview Heating & Cooling, employ professionals that have the experience and training to spot problems with your furnace and your entire HVAC system.