When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your appliances. Therefore, you should be mindful of signs that your appliances, such as your furnace, are acting up. You especially want to make sure that your furnace is in good shape when the temperatures start to dip and frost appears on your windows in the morning. The best thing that you can do is invest a little bit of time and money into preventative maintenance. In the long run, this helps to ensure that your furnace runs well for a long time and this helps you to avoid paying costly repairs down the road. Here are three ways to get the most out of your furnace.
Get a programmable thermostat to manage energy use.
Making sure that your home is energy efficient has a positive impact on both your carbon footprint and saves you money on your utilities bill. A programmable thermostat allows you to indicate specific times when you want to turn your furnace on and off. This allows you to structure your furnace use around your typical schedule. You no longer have to waste time and energy by leaving your furnace on while you are out of the house in order to make sure that it is warm when you return.
Keep the pilot light clear of dust with a drinking straw.
The pilot light provides important clues about how well your furnace is functioning. Under normal circumstances, it should be a steady small flame that is yellow with a small blue halo. Dust and other small debris can impact your pilot light. Keep the pilot light clear of dust by using a drinking straw to gently blow dust away from it. Make sure that you do not blow directly into the flame, as you could end up extinguishing your pilot light.
Have a preventative maintenance visit once a year.
You add value and life to your furnace every time you have routine preventative maintenance performed on it. Have a professional HVAC service company like Jim's Burner Service Inc come out once a year to diagnose any underlying problems with your furnace because they grow into costly, damaging repairs. The professional can also let you know simple steps to take throughout the year that help maintain your furnace's ability to function. Ideally, this visit should take place during a time when you are not using your furnace actively. Spring and summer are ideal seasons for this visit to take place due to their warmer temperatures.