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How To Avoid “No Heat Nights”

Jan. 12, 2015
Temperatures are low, snow levels are rising and your furnace is working the hardest it's worked since the polar vortex! Learn how to keep your furnace running and avoid those “No Heat Nights.”

1. INSTALL A NEW FILTER
Every home environment is different and can help you determine how often you should change your furnace filters. A rule of thumb for changing filters is to change it once every three months. However, there are reasons to change your filter more often.
A. Keeping windows and doors open
B. Your  home prone to dust
C. You have multiple pets
D. You or someone in your home is a smoker
E. You run your furnace or A/C fan continuously
For these reasons among others, you’ll want to change your filter more often. It's also important to know that different size filters will last longer than others. Once inch filters should typically be changed every month.

2. HAVE YOUR FURNACE CHECKED
We've said it once, we've said it a million times but it doesn't stop being true or important. The furnace is supposed to turn on and heat your home, unless the furnace doesn't come on, you may think everything is just fine. It's important to have a professional HVAC technician perform an annual maintenance and safety inspection to make sure all of the units internal parts are working together most efficiently. A thorough furnace inspection will include things like:
            A. Checking your heat exchanger for cracks or other signs or wear. 
            B. Checking the fan and safety controls
            C. Lubricating the parts on your furnace that move
            D. Checking your humidifier to make sure it is working properly
            E. Checking your filters
            F. Checking your carbon monoxide levels (any amount overtime could be too much)
            G. Testing and cycling your system to ensure once they are finished your system is still working    
            and working better
These and about 14 other steps are performed to keep your furnace in tip-top shape. Most homeowners do not observe the furnace tune up process in action and don't fully understand its importance. Letting a professional, licensed technician perform these tasks on your furnace will keep it working efficiently and address any issues prior to the system not coming on or breaking down completely.

UNDERSTAND, YOUR FURNACE IS A MACHINE
A lot like your car, your furnace is a technical machine with many moving parts. Just like your car needs regular maintenance, your furnace does too. Without regular maintenance your car and your furnace may continue to work but less and less efficiently and eventually break down, one major part at a time or altogether. It's also important to acknowledge that in extreme cold your furnace will, literally, work as hard as it can. When some parts aren’t working properly, others will try to compensate which overwork your furnace.

KEEP YOUR INTAKE PIPES CLEAR
This is a tip you may not have heard before. When there is a lot of snow, depending on where your intake pipes are located outside, your furnace may have stopped just because snow got into them. When there’s fresh snowfall that is a few inches high and your furnace goes out, check there! Oftentimes heating technicians will find snow in the intake pipe and just removing it can get your furnace restarted. This is common for newer higher efficiency furnace systems.
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