Every year, it is important to maintain the furnace in your Chicago home. Some types of furnace maintenance can be done on your own, but other things require a pro.
Keep the Furnace Clean
One of the things that you can do to maintain your furnace correctly is to ensure that you are keeping it clean. If you keep things around the furnace, or if you let the dust build up, it could affect the efficiency of the furnace. So, a couple of times a year, make sure that you are cleaning up a bit.
Check and Change Filters
Every furnace has a filter. This must be changed every three to four months when you are using it for the season. Signs that your filter needs changed include a lot of dust or debris on the filter and a change in filter color. If your filter has been in the furnace for more than three or four months, even if you haven’t used the system, you should probably change it.
Get a Professional Involved
You should also consider getting a professional HVAC expert involved in your furnace maintenance. This is highly recommended at least once a year. Most experts recommend doing this in the fall before you start using the furnace for the long, Chicago winter. The person can come into your home, examine your furnace, and let you know if there is anything that you might need to know about the system. They will also have some diagnostic tools, which they can use to find out the issue if anything looks wrong. Finally, they might have some suggestions about at-home maintenance or future repairs that might be necessary.
Caring for your furnace will help you save money in the long run. A well-running furnace is more efficient, needs fewer repairs, and will work well for many years to come.