Maintaining Your Furnace

About Me
How to Keep Your Cool When the Mercury is Rising

When the heat is rising to record-breaking levels, it can be really tough to stay cool. This summer, I found that my air conditioner had trouble keeping up with the temperatures. It wasn't that the AC wasn't working, it was just that I couldn't seem to get my house cooled down as much as I wanted. I worried that I would have to replace the whole AC system. Luckily, I have a good friend who works as an HVAC contractor. He took a look at my system and gave good news -- it didn't need to be replaced. Instead, he shared a lot of tips for helping my air conditioner work more efficiently, as well as some ideas to help supplement the AC and keep the house cooler. I'm using those tips to create this blog to share ways for all of us to keep cool on the hottest days.

Maintaining Your Furnace

10 April 2024
 Categories: , Blog

Furnaces provide warmth and comfort during the cold winter, making them crucial to maintain. Without proper maintenance, a furnace can become inefficient, malfunction, or pose a safety hazard. 

Why Maintain Your Furnace?

Improved Efficiency

Regular maintenance helps keep your furnace running at its peak efficiency, reducing energy consumption and saving you money on utility bills.

Extended Lifespan

A well-maintained furnace can last many years, while a neglected one may need frequent repairs or replacement.


Furnaces are powered by natural gas, which can be dangerous if improperly handled. Regular maintenance ensures that your furnace works safely and prevents potential hazards like gas leaks.

Cost Savings

By detecting and fixing minor issues early on, you can prevent them from becoming major problems that require expensive repairs or replacement.

How to Maintain Your Furnace

Replace Air Filters Regularly

Air filters keep dust, dirt, and other particles from entering your furnace. Over time, however, these filters become clogged with debris, making it harder for air to flow through. This not only affects the efficiency of your furnace but also causes it to work harder and consume more energy. To prevent this, replace your air filters every few months.

Clean and Inspect the Blower

The blower is a crucial component of your furnace that distributes warm air throughout your home. It's important to clean and inspect it regularly for any signs of wear or damage and remove any debris that may have accumulated.

Check the Thermostat

Your thermostat controls the temperature in your home, so it's essential to ensure it's working correctly. Check the batteries and replace them if needed, and make sure that the settings are correct.

Schedule Annual Professional Maintenance

While you can do some maintenance tasks yourself, it's always a good idea to schedule annual professional maintenance for your furnace. A trained technician will inspect and clean all components of your furnace and make any necessary repairs or adjustments.

Keep the Area around Your Furnace Clear

It's essential to keep the area around your furnace clear of clutter or debris, including boxes, furniture, and other flammable materials. A clear space ensures proper ventilation and reduces the risk of fire hazards.

Regular maintenance is the key to a well-functioning and safe furnace. By following these simple tips, you can improve your furnace's efficiency, lifespan, and safety while saving money on utility bills and costly repairs. 

Learn more from a company near you, such as BJ Heating & Cooling.