When it comes to ensuring that your furnace will last a long time, one of the best things you can do is have a licensed HVAC contractor inspect and service it annually. This important job allows the expert to catch any potential problems before they increase in severity, as well as make sure the entire system is running as optimally as possible. Care for the furnace shouldn't stop once the contractor leaves your home; it's important for you to take an active interest in extending the life of the unit. You can accomplish this goal in a multitude of ways.
Use Your Thermostat
If you haven't dedicated yourself to understanding your thermostat and programming it according to your schedule, now is the time. Proper use of this simple device can prevent your furnace from running unnecessarily – and wearing out sooner rather than later. The key to using the thermostat is to program it to allow the temperature inside your home to drop when you're out during the day and overnight. In most cases, there's little point in running the system to heat the home when it's empty and when you're already warm in your bed. This simple task can reduce wear and tear on the furnace and help it to last longer.
Seal Air Leaks
Many homes have small openings through which cold exterior air can flow. The result is that your furnace will have to run longer than it should to adequately warm your home. It's common for these openings to be found around your doors. You can address the issue by buying a roll of adhesive weatherstripping and affixing it along the edge of the door where the gap is found. If you find openings around a sliding door, for example, you can seal these problematic areas with weatherproof caulking.
Use The Heat You Create
In your daily routine, you'll often use devices that put off considerable heat. In some cases, this heat can be vented outdoors or otherwise wasted. When you have a hot shower, allow the heat from the water to flow out of the bathroom and into the surrounding rooms instead of turning on the fan to draw it out; when you're using the oven, open the door once it's turned off and let the heat flow into your kitchen and beyond. These simple strategies make use of the heat you're already generating and can lead to less use of your furnace and thus less wear and tear.
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3 March 2016
Hi there, my name is Shelley. Welcome to my site about electric heating systems. Electric heat has recently fallen out of favor due to the efficiency of natural gas systems. Electric heat is still suitable for small buildings that do not need the high temps provided by upgraded systems. I will use this site to explore all of the building types that can benefit from electric heating systems. I will also share information about system components, installations and repairs. I welcome you to come by often to learn more about this exciting topic. Thanks for coming by. See you soon.