If you are a proud member of the "snowbird club," you probably have a residence in the southern half of the U.S. that you go to every year when your northern home is inundated by snow. That generally means you have twice the home maintenance of everyone else, including furnace and air conditioning maintenance. For most "snowbirds," your home maintenance on these systems often occurs after you have arrived at your southern residence for the season, which then takes up valuable relaxation time.
If you own your own house and you use a furnace to heat your home in the wintertime, you most likely want it to run efficiently so you save money while remaining toasty warm. In order to keep the furnace working efficiently, the air ventilation ducts in your home should be cleaned periodically to keep warm air free of debris. Cleaning these ducts will also keep airflow steady instead of restricted, helping to keep heating costs down.
If you are like many other homeowners, you likely have never considered that your furnace can leak. Perhaps this is a phenomenon that you associate with air conditioning systems. Some homeowners who experience leaking furnaces mistakenly think that their AC systems are the root cause of the leaks in their furnaces. The following are a few reasons why your furnace might be leaking.
If you have a high-efficiency furnace, it likely has a line that extracts condensation from the furnace into a floor drain.
If you're a homeowner currently using oil to heat your house, you are all too familiar with the large bill you have to pay every time you have to get more fuel. Oil can be very expensive, which is why you may be considering making the switch to a furnace that is gas powered. Here's what you need to know to help this project go smoothly.
Making The Switch Is Not A DIY Job
Believe it or not, furnace breakdowns are not typically premeditated. More often than not, they are 100 percent preventable. In fact, here are two of the most common reasons that your home's furnace will break down, why it happens, and what you can do about it.
When air is restricted from the furnace, it can suffocate. The furnace's need for air is similar to that of a person. A furnace can be suffocated when you fail to change the air filter on a regular basis as well as when you close the air vents.