It’s the middle of winter and if you live in a frigid northern tier state, you’ve recently experienced temperatures plummeting to more than -20. That’s cold, and you most definitely don’t want your furnace to go on the fritz. If you can see your breath when you wake up in the morning, it’s time to troubleshoot your heat source. Let’s look at some handy tips to help keep your furnace cooking along at is very best in the chilly winter months.
Change Your Furnace Filter
If you haven’t already done so this season, it’s probably time to switch out the furnace filter. A furnace’s filter is responsible for keeping the system clean and operating on a high level. A dirty or clogged filter drastically limits the airflow in your home, causing heat and pressure to build up in your furnace system. It is very important to keep your filter clean to ensure comfort and safety throughout your home. Be sure to use the correct filter and replace it at least a couple of times each winter, or more if you have pets.
Check Your Wiring
Most furnace thermostat models today are hardwired into a wall. If you’ve noticed that your furnace isn’t performing as it should—not switching on when it’s cold or running for a very long time—then you could have a wiring problem within the furnace system or elsewhere in the home.
Assess Your Pilot Light
If your furnace is acting up, it’s worth taking a look inside to check the pilot light. The pilot light should always emit a blue flame. If your pilot light is giving off a yellow, orange, or red flame, it means it’s not hot enough. If you notice this problem, it’s always best to call in a professional heating technician to troubleshoot and repair the issue.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your house is empty for many hours during the day, installing a programmable thermostat is an excellent way to save money and energy. One common recommendation is to keep your home at about 60 degrees during the work day, increase in the evening, and drop to cooler overnight.
Schedule regular maintenance
Have your furnace serviced at least once a year, and try to do so after the long winter season. Regular service goes a long way in keeping your system running smoothly, extend its lifespan and prevent potentially major issues from developing.