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Annual Furnace Maintenance

Winter is far from over, and thus it’s important to make sure your furnace is well prepared for the remaining cold winter months. There are many benefits of maintaining your furnace. Conducting annual furnace maintenance not only allows your furnace to run more efficiently and effectively, but it can also increase the lifespan of your furnace and potentially lower your heating bill by 5-10%. Below, I’m going to discuss four important aspects of maintaining a furnace. If you have yet to perform these this season, I highly suggest you do.

Vacuum the furnace interior

Dust, dirt, and other allergens build up inside your furnace system, and thus it’s important to vacuum the interior of your furnace. This will decrease the chances of you or others in your home getting sick, and will also allow your furnace to breathe easier.

Change the air filter

Air filters should not be replaced once a year while performing annual furnace maintenance, but rather once every 2-3 months. Doing so will keep the air in your home cleaner and more safe to breathe.

Check the fan belt

Similar to automobiles, the belt that propels your furnace fan languishes and deteriorates. You’ll want to make sure the fan belt isn’t loosening or cracking. If you notice any of these things happening then you’ll want to purchase a new fan belt.

Lubricate oil bearings

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your furnace’s oil bearings have enough lubrication. If the oil bearings in your furnace aren’t properly lubricated, the motor could potentially burn up and then you’ll be stuck having to buy a new furnace.

Performing these particular furnace maintenance tasks will not only ensure a long lasting furnace, but will also provide other benefits such lowering your heating bill and decreasing the chances of you getting sick during the winter months.

Bryan is an avid writer for Vogel, a St. Louis Heating and Cooling company. He has a deep passion for innovation and strives to be creative on a daily basis.

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