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Maintenance tips for your new furnace

So you just purchased your first central heating system.  You have a pretty new shinny box on the wall that controls your comfort.  This is easy right, no big deal. You can just tell it to turn on and away you go.  Well, that may last you a few months, even a few years if you are lucky.  But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  Or does it?  The average heater, when installed properly, should last you about 20 years.  But when you fail to give it annual attention and a little love now and then, you never can tell when it may fail you.  What most installers fail to tell you is how to properly maintain your new system so that it will be worry free and do its job well.  It’s really not that complicated if you are taught a few basic things.  After all you have spent your hard earned money to make sure that you are warm and cozy when the weather outside is frightful so don’t worry, Sherlock is hear to teach you the basic so you're not left in the cold.

Step One:

If you didn’t choose to add a programmable thermostat when you had your furnace installed, now might be the time to consider changing that outdated mercury thermostat to something 21st century.  But why do I want to do that?  Good question, glad you asked.  Your home heating and cooling system can account for up to 50% of your monthly utility bill.  So a great low-cost fix for that is to install a programmable thermostat so you are only heating your home when you want to.  So if you are a nine to fiver and are gone all day, you are not going to want to worry about keeping Fred the goldfish warm during the day. Well, I guess we can leave that decision up to you.  But I think you get the point.

Step Two:

The single most important step is to set a reminder- or better yet have Sherlock remind you to change your filters on a regular basis.  This is one of those steps that you can not forget to do, just like flossing your teeth.  You will suffer the consequences if you forget to do this.  Having a clean filter is key to persevering the life of your new furnace.  Along with keeping your utility bills at bay.  It is something easy to do.  We recommend that you change the filter once a quarter or once a month if you run your fan on a daily basis. Another tip that we encourage our customers to do is when you change your filter make it a habit to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Step Three:

Manufacturers recommend that you have your system tune-up and cleaned annually to ensure that your system is operating at peak performance.  Let us an offer a few reasons that you may want to consider a routine maintenance.  1. It is a low-cost way to ensure that you have heat when you want it, the problem with the most system is that it is out of sight out of mind.  Why is that such a bad thing? Well, let’s just use an example that we encountered this past winter.  A current customer of ours call us up to assist with, well how do we say this nicely- okay I’m at a lost for words, a rat problem- I know not something you want to mention to your dinner guest, but it can happen to any of us.  She had her house tented and treat for rodents.  When she return to her home she did what so may of us do on a cold winters night.  She turned on her furnace and noticed an interesting smell, within a few hours her furnace had caught fire.  The exterminators had forgotten to remove her new house guess.  That’s right you guessed it, a rat had made a home in her furnace and it had caught fire.  This sweet unsuspecting lady had almost burnt down her house.  Needless to say, she called us right away and we were able to help.  But it set her Christmas list into a whirl. Point is it’s always better to have your furnace check annually.

These few simple and easy steps can save you a lot of money and headaches. Question please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.