Someone must have forgotten to tell Mother Nature it’s March. After yet another snowstorm, Connecticut residents are left wondering if spring will ever come. With all this extra work being put on your home’s heating system, we think it’s a good time to share these tips on how to maintain a healthy, fully-functioning furnace.

Change the filter regularly
According to Preferred Home Repair, 90% of all home furnace problems are caused by the filter. When a dirty filter is left in your furnace, airflow is restricted – leading to reduced energy efficiency, additional wear-and-tear on your furnace, and the potential of overheating. How often you should change the filter depends on many factors such as the filter size and type, whether you have pets, and if your house is a smoke-free environment. If you are unsure of how often your filter needs changing, refer to the furnace’s owner’s manual.

Have your ducts cleaned every two years
Did you know the average three-bedroom home can generate upwards of 40 pounds of dust every year? Much of this dust settles in your home’s air ducts, where a thick layer forms on the inner walls. Not only can this dust be circulated throughout your home and trigger allergies, it can hurt your system’s energy efficiency as well. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned every 2-3 years can go a long way in maximizing your furnace’s efficiency.

Tune up your furnace annually
Getting your furnace professionally inspected and tuned up once a year is a great way to extend its lifespan and prevent future breakdowns. Most companies that offer heating system tune ups, such as Santa Energy, will send a professional to your house once per year to inspect, clean, and fine-tune the different components of your furnace. To learn more about our heating system protection plans that include a yearly tune up, click here.

Santa Energy has provided southwestern Connecticut with the fuel it has needed to keep warm for the past 75 years. No matter how long winter lasts, know that you can keep warm with automatic fuel delivery and a heating equipment service plan from Santa Energy – call 800-937-2682 to learn more.

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