Furnace Care: 5 DIY Tips You Can Do Today

On cold nights, furnace play an important role on putting your room temperature levelled. Filters are important for furnaces to work properly, it protects the blower, cooling and heating coils from getting dirty. Allowing your furnace to perform more productive and saves you energy and money.

An HVAC consultant can definitely help you on furnace repair. As an owner, you want to make sure first that you did everything that you can do, to make sure that your furnace performs at its optimal level. Regular maintenance can help you prolong the life of your furnace system and push the efficiency of your system to its maximum.


Here are five tips that you can do to care for your furnace system:

1. Change you air filter if you really want better care

A clean filter can extend a furnace’s life and makes your system perform with high efficiency. With clean furnace filter, you are assured that the indoor air is also clean. As always, there is an argument as to whether furnace owners should clean their filter system or just opt for a new one.

How often to change air filter? Changing air filters should be done at least every two to three months, (4 to 8 weeks). If you want to make sure that your furnace is clean, you can always opt on changing your air filters than just clean it and wash it. These filters are always available on HVAC supply stores near you and would cost less than using your time to clean them.

2. Always look for dust and debris elements from the outside

Furnaces has its own filter that protects the machine from unwanted dirt. Make sure that you clean it up with dry material first before soaking it with water. Dusts and debris will more likely clog your filter when they get watered.

If you are not cleaning your furnace system, dust and debris could be pushed through into your air circulation at home and could damage your equipment.

3. Vacuum and brush inside for better cleaning

Turn the power off and open the casing of your furnace. Use a vacuum to safely suck in dusts and dirt from your furnace system. Use a flashlight to see the inside and spot dirt for better cleaning.

You can also use a brush to clean hard to reach parts on the furnace. Brush it gently to avoid pinching and disconnecting important parts from the board and the compartment.

4. Inspect, clean and repair air ducts

Clean your ducts by using a vacuum cleaner with an HEPA filter. The filtered vacuum mechanism will collect all the dusts and dirt from your ducts and stop them from getting in to your home air. If your system utilizes a humidifier, you should also clean it with a vacuum and a de-scaler.

Also, check for leaks on your ductwork and patch them by using special metal tapes or high temperature silicone. For unrepairable damages, you should consult with an HVAC specialist if you need to replace a specific part.

5. Inspect the fan and motor blade for damages

Furnace and other heating system need proper check-up for damages. To prevent more damages in your equipment, it’s important to look for wear and tear on these parts. In case of damages, you should look for an HVAC supply store and ask for replacement options.

Make it a habit at your home

Routine maintenance is important for HVAC systems. Keeping these equipment clean and well-maintained can help you save more money from your energy bill and help on energy conservation. It can also save you from trouble during its performance on cold and hot weather when it is required to perform. Neglecting care on furnace system can cause more money on furnace repairs and could also become a source of fire at your home.