Furnaces last for many years and are quite tough. However, abuse, overuse, and neglect can also cause them to wear down. During the winter, you definitely don’t want to live in a home with a failing and unreliable heating system. Although furnaces are robust pieces of equipment, they can still prematurely wear down if they are not used correctly. Eventually, they will break down. Before a complete failure, the furnace efficiency will go down, heating costs will increase, and more HVAC repairs will be necessary. Therefore, it is worthwhile knowing what you can do to help your furnace do its job without any extra effort and strain.
How Your Furnace Is Being Overworked
- 1 How Your Furnace Is Being Overworked
- 1.1 Not Turning Down The Thermostat When You Leave Home
- 1.2 Allowing Cold Inside The Home
- 1.3 Cranking Your Thermostat
- 1.4 Block Return Vents With Your Furniture
- 1.5 Failing To Have Yearly Furnace Maintenance Done
- 1.6 Choosing The Cheapest Furnace Replacement
- 1.7 Additional Signs That Your Heating System Is Being Overworked
- 2 For All Of Your Heating Needs, Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning
Many people tend to ignore the early symptoms and warning signs from their furnace until a major problem arises. There is also a strong possibility that many homeowners contribute to their problems unknowingly also. In this article, we will be discussing different ways that homeowners stress and overwork their heating systems.
Not Turning Down The Thermostat When You Leave Home
Some homeowners, to keep their home comfortable, maintain the same temperature on their thermostats even while they are away from home for extended periods of time. This is a totally unnecessary thing to do. Your furnace is forced to work a lot harder than necessary and consume excessive amounts of energy.
If you want to reduce energy expenses and make sure that you are not working your furnace, a programmable thermostat can be used to set the temperature you prefer for when your house is occupied as well and when it is unoccupied. You can just turn your thermostat down before leaving the house for the day if you don’t own a programmable thermostat.
Allowing Cold Inside The Home
If you have the habit of leaving your doors and windows open (even slightly), that will allow cold air inside. Usually, this is obvious on those days when you feel a cold draft inside the room. Make sure to check your windows and doors to ensure they are closed. You should also learn how to locate air drafts. Holes, gaps, and cracks around windows and doors are common causes of cold air drafts. These issues should be immediately fixed.
Cranking Your Thermostat
When you are feeling cold, it isn’t necessary to turn your thermostat to heat your house up faster. First of all, check to see if the thermostat is set at your preferred temperature already. If it isn’t, turn your thermostat to your preferred temperature setting but not any higher. If it really is the correct temperature setting, there is no need to increase the temperature any longer. You will not feel warm any faster and your furnace will just be overworked.
Block Return Vents With Your Furniture
There are some homeowners who block their air return vents by placing furniture, curtains, or some other item in front of them. At times, for the purpose of style, function, or indoor design, they end up ignoring where the vents are located and place furniture and other items directly on top or in front of the vents. When there is furniture is placed in front of a heat vent, airflow is blocked. When the vents are obstructed, your furniture cannot evenly distribute warm air. It is the same situation when a bed is put over a vent, thinking that it will help to keep your sheets nice and warm. It may, but it will also prevent the correct warm airflow.
Failing To Have Yearly Furnace Maintenance Done
Every home needs to schedule regular furnace maintenance. When heater inspections are done on a regular basis by a local HVAC contractor, potential problems can be identified early and repaired right away. This helps to ensure that your system continues to operate efficiently and reduce energy costs.
Also, if you are a homeowner who does not change your furniture furnace filter on a regular basis. That can also cause your furnace to have to work harder than necessary. Your filter should be checked once a month to ensure that it is working properly and clean.
Choosing The Cheapest Furnace Replacement
As a furnace continues to age, it continues to become less efficient. Eventually, it will give into aging and wear-and-tear. You will have to replace your furnace sooner or later.
An energy-efficient, newer, furnace can make a significant difference to your home’s comfort level, your energy costs, and indoor air quality. However, you should avoid the temptation of choosing the cheapest available furnace replacement. Your furnace system should be viewed as an investment and you will be affected by its performance for many years in the future.
Additional Signs That Your Heating System Is Being Overworked
- Your Home Heating Costs Have Increased: During the winter, utility bills naturally go up. However, if the increase appears to be unusual, your furnace may have a problem. This can be caused by various factors. Check the air filters, and if necessary, replace them. If the air filters are clean, contact an HVAC contractor to have your heating system inspected.
- Uneven Temperature: If your preferred temperature cannot be maintained by your furnace system, and you feel hot and cold spots throughout your house frequently, it may not be operating correctly. Most likely it is overworked and cannot meet your needs any longer. Contact a furnace specialist to have your system inspected and diagnosed.
- Frequent Furnace Repairs: When a furnace needs multiple repairs, most likely it is caused by being overworked. When a furnace has to work harder than necessary it will prematurely wear out. The furnace will need an early replacement eventually.
For All Of Your Heating Needs, Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning
House heating is a science as well as an art. The key s to understand how your HVAC system works and what is necessary to maintain the efficiency of your furnace. Speak to your trustworthy HVAC contractor today, to find out more about what can be done to maintain your HVAC system to keep it in top shape.
PFO Heating & Air Conditioning is the leading expert in the area for heating and cooling services. Our experienced and professionally certified technicians can solve any comfort problems that your home might have in a knowledgeable, friendly, and fast way. You can rely on us to offer you the area’s most competitive prices. Also, to ensure your complete satisfaction, all of our work is guaranteed. Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your in-home, free estimate.