As colder weather approaches, it’s time to pull out your fall maintenance checklist, and get your home ready for winter. An annual tuneup of your propane gas furnace should be a top priority. Not only will preventive maintenance on your system keep your furnace running safely and efficiently this winter, but the expert attention will also extend the life of your system and save you money on energy costs. A qualified HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) professional will perform a comprehensive tuneup of your system.
However, between annual tune-ups, there are five important steps for you to take to ensure that your propane furnace operates efficiently and safely for the duration of the heating season:
- Replace your air filter every month. A dirty filter will impede the airflow to your system, decreasing its efficiency and increasing your heating bills. Your filter prevents dust buildup inside your system, which can damage the intricate components, resulting in expensive repairs. Check them monthly, and change them as often, if necessary.
- Check the flame in your furnace when you change your filter. The flame should be blue in color; if you can see yellow or orange, your furnace needs adjustment by a HVAC professional.
- Keep the area around your furnace free of dust and debris. Store flammable materials at least 15 feet away from your furnace to prevent the vapors from igniting.
- Keep your return air registers clean and free of obstructions to maintain proper airflow to your system.
- Know the location of the propane shutoff valve, and keep it accessible in case of an emergency.
Smoky Mountain Heating & Air serves residential and light commercial customers in the Asheville area with honesty and integrity. For more expert advice about operating your propane gas furnace or to schedule a tuneup with one of our qualified professionals, please contact us today.
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