Advice on Keeping Your Furnace Winter Ready

Advice on Keeping Your Furnace Winter Ready

Since temperatures have been in the single digits, we've had WFFT's Brooke Welch providing us with daily tips to beat the cold. Brooke spoke with a local heating and plumbing company for tips on keeping your furnace winter ready.
"The most important is to always keep the filter changed and checked, usually every 30 days unless its a specialty filter they have on it." - Mark Gibson
Since temperatures have been in the single digits, we've had WFFT's Brooke Welch providing us with daily tips to beat the cold.  Brooke spoke with a local heating and plumbing company for tips on keeping your furnace winter ready.

With temperatures going down, the most important fixture in your home becomes your furnace.  Mark Gibson of Gibson's Heating and Plumbing gave us tips on how you can keep your furnace running properly this winter.

"The most important is to always keep the filter changed and checked, usually every 30 days unless its a specialty filter they have on it."

So how do you change a filter?  While they can be located anywhere on a furnace, they are usually on the bottom along a side.  Gibson says you should also have the furnace maintained yearly by a professional.

"We definitely see that 90% of the breakdown of furnaces, are because they don't do the maintenance on the equipment."

So how long does a furnace typically last?

"As a rule, its like 12-15, with the high efficient furnaces.  Some could go up to 18, it just depends how well it's maintained."

For those that don't maintain their furnace, they can also expect higher utility bills.

"They'll be paying the price whether they decide to get it maintained, they'll be paying it in the utility bill.  Rather than paying a maintenance guy to go through it and make sure it is 100% safe for them."

If you change your filters regularly and keep your furnace maintained, hopefully you won't have to experience the cold in your home this winter.


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