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3 Furnace Tips To Help You Stay Warm This Winter

If you’re one of the lucky ones in Toronto and the GTA who owns a home, you know it’s not as easy as it seems. Whether it’s yard work or shovelling the driveway, a lot of work goes into maintaining your property – and your appliances. To help, Novel Care has a few furnace tips you can do to get the most out of your furnace. After all, furnaces don’t come cheap, so it’s a good idea to keep them running smooth for as long as possible. This is especially true in this city, where one day might be a nice snowfall and the next an extreme cold alert.

Furnace Tips 1 of 3: Thermostat Control

When the truly cold weather rolls in, the last thing you want to do is race to your thermostat to overcompensate. Yes, it’s cold outside, but think about the strain this could put on your furnace. Imagine being woken up and told to run your top speed when it’s cold outside. Chances are, you don’t make it far. Same goes for your furnace. Shocking the system could really wear it down and maybe even lead to a breakdown. Instead, gradually drop the thermostat a few degrees at first. You want to give your home a chance to heat up and blasting the heat is a good way to be left out in the cold.

Furnace Tips 2 of 3: Check And Replace Filters

Just like a person, your furnace needs to breathe. The filters in place allow your furnace to not pump the wrong particulates through your home. If you don’t clean these filters though, they act as a blocker and restrict the airflow to your furnace – making it work harder. To avoid this, you’ll want to change your furnace filter anywhere from every 2 to 6 months based on the type that you use. This will prevent your furnace from working harder than it needs to, so you can rely on it longer.

Furnace Tips 3 of 3: Exhaust Vents Should Stay Clean And Clear

You may not think of this right away, but your furnace has an exhaust vent that leads outside. Just like a vehicle, it needs to expel what it doesn’t need in order to run efficiently. If a car didn’t have a clear exhaust pipe, it wouldn’t go very far. Keep your furnace running smooth by making sure there isn’t a build-up of snow or ice near the vent on the outside of your home.

When Furnace Tips Don’t Work, Call Novel Care

If keeping up with maintenance keeps falling lower and lower on your to-do list, give us a call. After 30 years of serving Toronto and the GTA, our experienced team can handle your furnace maintenance whenever you need us. Contact us at 647-547-6094 to book an appointment before winter really sets in! Better to stay ahead with furnace maintenance every year or so instead of paying the price of furnace repairs.