As the cold winter has settled here in Horse Shoe, North Carolina, you’ll want to make sure your furnace is working at its best and going to last a good long while. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to improve your furnace’s efficiency, and help it last longer so you won’t need an emergency replacement during the cold months ahead.

Replace Your Filter

Can you remember the last time you changed your HVAC filter?  Then it’s probably time to take care of that. You should replace your air filter at least every three months, and even as frequently as once a month if you have pets. An older, dirty filter gets clogged with the bits of dust, debris, and allergens it has captured, meaning that your furnace has to work harder to pull air through it. This decreases your system’s efficiency and life span.

Program Your Thermostat

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat by now, you may want to get one. With a programmable, or even a smart thermostat, you can set the temperature inside your home for specific hours of the day. Setting your home’s temperature lower when everyone is at work or school for the day can help you save money. The other benefit to a programmable thermostat is that keeping your home at a consistent temperature instead of fiddling with the settings equals less strain on your furnace.

Get Regular Maintenance

One of the best things you can do for your furnace is to schedule regular maintenance. Think of these tuneups like changing the oil in your car. Maintenance visits keep your furnace running efficiently and extend the life of your HVAC system. A service technician can check for any worn-out parts and replace any fluids, catching small issues before they become expensive or potentially catastrophic.

For more advice on how to keep your furnace running smoothly, call Mountain Air Mechanical Contractors at (828) 527-6655. We can recommend the best filter for your system, or even help with emergency repairs.

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