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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Furnaces are the most popular kind of home heating system in the country, which makes their proper care and maintenance a pretty big deal for a lot of people. If you want your furnace to live as long and healthy a life as possible, there are a few different methods you can employ. Ideally, you should use all of them to make sure that your furnace has every chance to fulfill its potential. Let’s examine the things you can do to keep your furnace operating at peak efficiency for many years to come.

Change Your Air Filter

This is one of the simplest things you can do to prolong the life of your furnace, and yet most homeowners are completely unaware of the need for it. The air filter is a part in the furnace air handler, designed to capture dust and other debris that might blow in from the ducts while allowing air to flow freely. The air filter does its job well, protecting the furnace from particulates that could damage it. However, the air filter has no way of disposing of these particulates once it catches them. If not cleaned or replaced at least once every 1-3 months, the air filter can become clogged. This causes the air flow to be restricted, trapping heat inside the furnace and causing it to overheat. Overheating can do all sorts of serious damage to the furnace, most of which will shorten its lifespan. So, change your filter often if you want your furnace to keep operating properly.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Most people avoid scheduling any kind of HVAC service unless they suspect that something is wrong with their system. While you should absolutely call for professional help if you notice an issue with your furnace, you should also schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. Preventive maintenance has a multitude of advantages, from identifying and fixing potential problems before they start, to improving the efficiency of the system. Annual preventive maintenance is the single best thing you can do to ensure that your furnace lives as long as possible.

If you’d like to know more about extending the life of your furnace, call Raleigh Heating & Air to schedule an appointment. We provide furnace maintenance and repair services throughout the Cary area.

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