December 19, 2019 Uncategorized

If there’s one appliance you need the most during this time of year, it’s probably your furnace. Since Minnesota winters can be rather harsh, you’d want your HVAC system to be in great shape for the entire season. The last thing any homeowner would want is a failing furnace in the midst of a snowstorm.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your leading heating company in New Brighton MN. In case of furnace failure, give us a call and we’re ready to help. This article zeroes in on giving you some practical tips to keep your HVAC system running smoothly even during unforgiving weather.

Check your entire HVAC system physically.

A simple visual inspection of your HVAC system can go a long way. Check your furnace from the inside out, especially the ducts, registers, and vents. Make sure the venting pipe is properly attached and angled appropriately. Inspect the blower belt and see if there are any cracks. Keep in mind to turn off the power to the system at the circuit breaker first. Then, using a screwdriver, take off the steel cover of the air handler. The blower belt is the largest rubber belt in the system.

In case you discover cracks, poor connections, and leaks in the ductwork, contact your preferred HVAC company since visible problems in the ducts are only a part of the problem. There can be similar problems in areas you can’t see.

In addition to these parts, be sure to also check the unit’s combustion system. If you can get a whiff of rotten eggs, it could mean that the furnace has a gas leak somewhere, which requires the skills of a qualified technician.

Clean your HVAC system.

Keeping your furnace clean results in better performance. On the other hand, a heating system covered with dirt and dust burns more fuel than usual, resulting in subpar heating and over-the-top energy costs. Be sure to regularly clean the furnace, including the motor and the blower. If you can, try to lubricate moving parts in the mechanical components of the system. Check your user’s manual and follow the recommended steps for your specific unit. If you find this step quite challenging, call a qualified technician.

Replace your filters.

One of the main causes of system overheating is a clogged filter. When it does, it uses more fuel to distribute heated air and adds strain to the furnace. This is why you should regularly check your filter and replace it once per month, especially when the furnace runs non-stop. When the system has a new filter, the airflow within the system improves, uses less fuel, and prevents the spread of airborne contaminants.

Don’t forget to stock more filters for the season. You don’t want to rush to the home improvement store just to get one, especially during a snowstorm. Remember to check your filter regularly and replace it as needed.

Improve your insulation.

Poor insulation wastes as much as 20 to 30 percent of fuel in heat loss. To save energy in the winter, enhance your insulation, particularly in the attic. In addition, inspect your windows and doors and look for drafts. Be sure to seal them off.

When your home is properly insulated, the furnace doesn’t have to compete with outside temperature coming inside. This will keep your system from being overused during a blizzard. Not only does better insulation improve your comfort, but it also saves a ton of money on fuel costs.

Consider professional furnace maintenance.

Most of the service calls we receive originate from a lack of proper system maintenance, which is a crucial part in ensuring a solid performance of your furnace. Just like any other piece of mechanical or electrical equipment, your furnace is prone to premature failure if it’s not properly tuned-up.

A professional possesses the knowledge and skills to ensure your system stays in great shape. He will check everything from the motor to electrical connections. He is able to identify issues and correct them even before they escalate to more serious problems. A simple furnace maintenance schedule can mean the difference between staying comfortably warm and being exposed to cold weather.

To schedule a system inspection for your furnace, call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, your trusted Roseville furnace maintenance company.