The Importance Of Furnace Cleaning and Maintenance

As the trees start to lose their leaves and the temperatures begin to drop, we tend to turn our home heating system on for comfort. However, what most people don’t realize is that, like any other appliance, our furnace also needs regular care in order to perform at its highest as well as to last longer.

First: Clean up your Furnace

Regardless of what type of furnace you have, performing regular maintenance is the key for efficient out comings and money savings. Since dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace, as it wastes fuel and considerably lowers your furnace’s efficiency, you can save you a lot of money on heating costs as well as avoid expensive repairs in the future simply by keeping your furnace clean.

Because dirt affects all three basic components of your furnace: the filter system, the blower and the motor, your furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous in order to keep your home cleaner and to prevent dirt and debris from getting into your blower and damaging it.

Furthermore, you should also clean your furnace's duct system. A clean duct actually does improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home as well as the efficiency of your furnace. Besides having a better IAQ, a clean duct system reduces the presence of house molds and allergens, eliminates unnecessary dust in your home, provides better airflow in your home, and helps to reduce energy costs.

Next Step: Addressing the ducts

I lost count of how many people I know that have never cleaned the air duct system in their homes. Although these giant sheet metal tubes are, many times, invisible to our everyday lives, they play a very important role in our heating and air conditioning systems.

Since the air and heating systems run in a cycle where a large tube runs cool air from inside the house to your furnace, that heats it, and then pushes it back through another set of tubes into each room of your home, the ducts carrying the cool air tend to be a bit dirtier than those that transport the warmer air. Besides that, we have the dirt and dust caused by the shedding of skin and hair that makes its way in from the outside, along with debris and, if you have a pet, you will more likely to see a higher volume of those particles in your home. On top of that, if you live in a humid climate area, the likelihood of mold developing in your home and in those air filtration systems is pretty high. Therefore, keeping your air filtration systems clean is essential for increasing energy efficiency as well as improving the IAQ of your place. Although the ducts should be cleaned regularly, here are some particular times when such cleaning is a must:

  • You just moved in — Regardless if your home was just newly constructed or if it is an older one, when you first move in, it is always a good idea to perform a duct cleaning.
  • The air flow doesn’t feel right — If the hot air is not flowing through the vents properly, it may not be receiving enough air on the other end due to a blockage. After performing a filter replacement, if the flow is still weak, then you should look into duct cleaning.
  • There is water in your ducts —Moisture buildup within ducts can lead to mold issues, which can cause several health issues; so, if you find water in your air system, you should have your ducts cleaned as a safety precaution, and if you find mold in your ducts, then it is essential that you have them cleaned or replaced immediately.

While heating systems are usually trouble-free and easy to maintain, some aspects of furnace up keeping can be very complex and they should be handled by professionals. If you are not sure where to go and who to call, check this website first.

Views: 2835

Tags: HVAC, air, cleaning, furnace, indoor, maintance, quality

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Featured Forum Discussions

Too many BTU's. Too much horsepower?

Started by Steve in General Forum. Last reply by tedkidd 12 minutes ago. 2 Replies

Stack/wind pressure and flow networks.

Started by Daniel James Grundy in Training. Last reply by William H Nickerson on Tuesday. 2 Replies

BDT with vermiculite in hollow CMU walls?

Started by Brad Cook in General Forum. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Mar 15. 1 Reply

Strange IR Image

Started by Larry Nissman in General Forum. Last reply by Brad Cook Mar 9. 7 Replies

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Latest Activity

tedkidd replied to Steve's discussion Too many BTU's. Too much horsepower?
"Does the house ever feel clammy? Do you have to keep the thermostat below 74 to be comfortable? Is…"
12 minutes ago
Danielle Sass Byrnett liked Diane Chojnowski's blog post Don MacOdrum receives BPI's 2017 Tony Woods Award!
32 minutes ago
Home Energy Magazine's video was featured

#TinyLab Tour Ends: Lessons Learned

Grace and Corbett Lunsford are happy to not be moving every week, like they did on the Proof Is Possible Tour! Hear some of the ups and downs, and what they ...
54 minutes ago
Diane Chojnowski posted a blog post
1 hour ago
Profile IconB.J. Cassell, Scott Gigrich, Saint Xavier and 3 more joined Home Energy Pros
2 hours ago
Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr. posted a status
"#Hers rating system or @_BPI_ and #DOE rating system? Whats your coice? #HVAC #Energy @resnetus #resnet #HomePerformance"
3 hours ago
Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr. posted a status
"#Blowerdoor testing provides an insight into how leaky your home is and where its pulling #contaminants from.If you dont test you dont know!"
3 hours ago
Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr. posted a status
"#Homeperformance = #Control... Home performance diagnostics and repairs can give you the control over your environment you seek! #HVAC #IAQ"
3 hours ago

Home Energy Pros

Welcome to Home Energy Pros – the unique digital community by and for those who work in the home energy performance arena.

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network. Please honor our Guidelines

© 2017   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service