Can you feel it? Summer is right around the corner! It's finally time to turn off the heat, open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. But wait, there's something you're forgetting, your furnace just spent 6 months (4 if you're really lucky) working overtime to combat the bitter chill courtesy of our prairie winter.
As the seasons change, it's a good idea to take a quick look at your furnace and ensure it's made it through the winter unscathed. Here's a few things Reliance Home Comfort suggests before moving on to summer time;
Change the filter: Furnace filters play an important role when it comes to energy efficiency and cost savings. In fact, a new filter also keeps your air conditioner working smoothly, since your cooling system uses the same ductwork as your furnace and therefore relies on the same filters.
Clean dirt from the furnace area: Keep the area around your furnace system clean by sweeping or vacuuming out dust and debris, and make sure nothing blocks the registers to maintain unimpeded air flow.
Have your Furnace Inspected: Many parts of you furnace can become worn, or dirty over time and may need to be cleaned or replaced. Some of these items include belts, pilot light, motor, bearings, heater exchange and the burner assembly, especially if the furnace is an older model.
It's a good rule of thumb to check your furnace as the seasons change, regular upkeep will help keep down those utility bills, as well as lower the chances of any big repair bills! Nobody wants to go through a -40 degree Saskatchewan winter and have their furnace quit.
So go ahead, thank your furnace for getting you through the cold, and give yourself peace of mind to enjoy the warm sunshine of summer.