We’re just now entering the heating season for homeowners across the cooler regions of the United States. If you haven’t already, it’s important to give your HVAC system a good tune-up so you’re all set to go for efficient and reliable furnace operation throughout the entire season. You can then keep up with some important maintenance tasks throughout the year.
Here are a few examples of some of the most important steps you can take for strong furnace maintenance in Portland, OR:
- Swap out filters: Change your filter with the changing of every season, or if you have a reusable filter, make sure you clean it out at the same intervals. Clogged, dirty furnaces result in inefficient furnace operation, which at the very least will run up the energy bills you can expect to pay every month, but could also result in a greater likelihood of serious furnace issues in Portland, OR. Cleaning and changing your filters will improve efficiency and ensure more consistent operation of your heating throughout the winter months.
- Remove blockages at registers: All of your air registers should be uninhibited by furniture and other items in your home. Make sure any floor registers you have are clear of obstructions, and that vents and registers in your walls are also clear to the fullest extent possible. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to decorate and organize a room around vents and registers, but it is important to keep them clear if you wish to have effective, efficient heating.
- Check outdoor exhaust pipes: Throughout the winter, make sure your outdoor exhaust pipes are also clear of any potential blockages. This will keep the furnace operating safely and efficiently.
- Clear the area around the furnace: There are a couple reasons why it’s important to keep the area around the furnace clear. First, the furnace gives off a lot of heat, so you don’t want to create a potential fire hazard, as unlikely as it might seem that a fire would occur. Second, in the event that you need to call in a professional to perform some repairs, you’re going to need to have a clear area around the furnace for them to be able to get their work done. Easier access makes for an easier job.
- Test carbon monoxide detectors: CO detectors are important to have in every home. They provide you warning of carbon monoxide leaks emanating from your furnace. It is not an exaggeration to say that CO detectors can be life savers, because the gas is clear, colorless and odorless. Without a detector, you will have no way of knowing that you are potentially being exposed to carbon monoxide.
- Seek professional help: It’s a good idea to schedule annual maintenance for your furnace and the rest of your HVAC system with a skilled professional. Your technician will be able to inspect your system, get it tuned up and find any small issues before they turn into large problems.
For more information about furnace maintenance in Portland, OR, contact L & J Heating & Cooling today.
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