Last updated on September 28th, 2021
Furnace wcleaning and maintenance directly relates to the health of your furnace. It is important to consider that by keeping on top of furnace cleaning you are helping to prevent a costly repair or a loss of heat when you need it most. But how often should we clean and service a furnace? This article will touch on some of the ways you can help keep your furnace clean and when you should consider getting furnace cleaning and maintenance done professionally.
What gets cleaned and serviced?
Getting your furnace serviced by a technician will help you to have a furnace that efficiently heats your house all winter long. A technician will service your furnace and check for issues that may become hazardous if left unchecked. Pilot lights will be cleaned and check as well as the heat exchanger. Any repairs can be made before it becomes a pressing issue. You should consider having your furnace serviced at least once a year with every 2-3 years being a maximum wait time.
Along with having a technician service your furnace you should also get regular duct cleaning. At a minimum you should consider getting your ducts and furnace cleaned every two years. This will help to ensure that your home has good air quality as well as help to ensure that your furnace is performing optimally. Although if you or someone in your home if prone to allergies or if you have furry pets in the home you may wish to consider cleaning ducts more often.
There is no perfect time to get duct and furnace cleaning done but it is important to follow a schedule that works for you. Consider making it a bi-annual task that you perform in the fall to ensure that your furnace is healthy and ready to be used when you need it the most. Avoid a dreaded Christmas Day without heat by ensure that your furnace is in optimal shape well before
you turn it on.
What can I do myself?
Most furnace cleaning task will require you to have someone attend your home to provide a service but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help your furnace stay healthy. You should consider cleaning your furnace filter every two to three months. This will help to ensure that your furnace is running efficiently but will also give you the added benefit of improving the quality of your air.
Just like with duct cleaning you may wish to consider your personal needs and your
environment when choosing how often to clean your filter. If you have many pets or suffer from allegers it may be helpful to change your filter on a more regular basis.
Although regular maintenance and cleaning may seem like an inconvenience at the time you should keep in mind that these tasks will benefit you in the future. Regular cleaning will extend the life of your furnace and keep it working optimally. It is also important to remember that by keeping your furnace clean you are directly improving the quality of air in your home for you and your family.