Let's face it, heating your home during the upcoming winter season is going to be an expensive necessity. (4 months of cold weather can add up.) If you're like most people, there may be a little voice in the back of your head that keeps repeating: "How am I going to afford this?"
The answer is simple: Preventative Maintenance!
For the love of all that is good and cheapest in this world, UP-KEEP YOUR FURNACE!!! You would DEFINITELY not go without changing your oil or doing a tune-up on your car, so why would you perform the same actions on your furnace repair when they need it? If you own a furnace that is less than 10 years old, you will likely need some sort of preventative maintenance.
The most common part to wear out in a furnace is the Filter. Everyone knows that a dirty filter needs to be changed, but some people are doing it wrong. Here are the most common mistakes that homeowners make with their Furnace Filters:
1) Stacking new filters on top of old ones: This causes dust and dirt to accumulate on the new Filter, which clogs the furnace. This is by FAR the most common mistake! You MUST replace your Filter with a clean one every time!
2) Using the wrong Filter: The size of your Filter is very important. So please, pay attention to what you are buying! When in doubt, use the smaller-sized Filter because it will do its job better than the larger version even though it "fits."
3) Hanging your Filter vertically: The furnace needs to draw air from all sides, not just one! If you hang the Filter vertically, then the furnace will suck in dirty air and blow it out into your home. You need to install your filters horizontally or diagonally so that they can utilize Cross-Airflow for cleaner air in your home.
4) Using a sharp object to push the furnace filter in: Do NOT ever use something like a sharp knife or screwdriver to push your furnace filter into its slot! You will put holes in the Filter, and then dirt and dust will bypass it and get sucked into your furnace.
Using these tips can help reduce major repairs on your furnace (and save you money), so I hope this has helped!
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