5 Mistakes You're Making with Your Furnace

5 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Furnace

How much thought do you give to your furnace? If you’re like most Americans, not much at all. The most popular approach is to wait until the heater breaks to do anything. Not a great strategy. Keep reading to see if you’re making some of the common mistakes below.

1. Not Having Annual Maintenance

I swear it wasn’t me, it’s the furnace!

Here at Air Novations LLC, we like to say that your furnace needs regular maintenance just like your car needs tune ups. Maintenance keeps your furnace running smoothly and cost effectively. Lack of maintenance can result in a shorter lifecycle or breakage. Once your furnace breaks, it needs repair, which is a lot more expensive than maintenance. Plus, when your furnace breaks, you’re probably in need of heat. You’ll be left in the cold! There’s not much worse than that, especially when you’ve got kids in the house.

2. Setting the Temperature Too High

Pretending you’re on a Fiji trip and paying just as much on the electric bill

When you’re feeling especially chilly, it can be hard not to blast the heat. It definitely feels cozy, but your energy bill will chill you to the bone. Most experts recommend setting the thermostat between 68-72 degrees. If the setting is too high, you run the risk of overworking your furnace, which means it won’t have a long lifecycle.

3. Ignoring Warning Signs

I swear it wasn’t me, it’s the furnace!

Even healthy systems can have some problems. They usually aren’t a big deal, unless they’re ignored. Smell something weird? Hear strange noises? The heater goes on and off? Take care of it right away, by calling a reputable technician. Everyday the issue is neglected, the worse it will get.

4. Heating an Empty Home

I’m the only one home but my owners left the heat on high! Suckers!

Sure, everybody wants to come back to a warm house. We’re not saying to turn the heater off or to freezing levels. However, turning the heat down by 5 degrees when you’re not home can make a huge difference in your electric bill. Trust us, next time you go to work, try lowering the heat. You’ll thank us!

5. You Block the Vents

We know, vents aren’t the prettiest thing to showcase in your house. However, blocking them or closing them will cause your furnace to work harder to somehow force that hot air out. After a while, the system will stop working completely.

6. Hiring the Wrong HVAC Provider

It costs how much?!

We saved the most pressing mistake for last. Choosing the right HVAC company is beyond important. Do your research and find a company that is trustworthy and has a longstanding reputation in the community. Try avoiding the HVAC giants, who struggle to personalize their services for each client. We also recommend picking a local business that will look out for you. Luckily, Air Novations LLC is all of these things! Give us a call to talk about a $69 furnace check today.

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