How Often Should You Clean Your Furnace? Benefits, Types, & Tips
The furnace is one of the most important and expensive appliances in the home; getting the most out of it is the primary concern of any homeowner. Cleaning the furnace is the best way to keep it operating correctly, but many people aren’t sure how often to do it. Most experts recommend cleaning your furnace about once a year. If this sounds like your situation, keep reading as we explain further.
What Are the Benefits of Cleaning a Furnace?
Dirt can coat many components in a furnace, including the heat exchanger, blower motor, and ignition. These contaminants can cause the furnace to run longer than normal, increasing energy costs and putting more strain on the unit. It can also cause it to have difficulty turning on or operating correctly. A dirty furnace is also more likely to crack its heat exchanger, which can emit harmful carbon monoxide into the home. Cleaning the furnace once each year will also help reduce strain, increasing the unit’s lifespan, and it may help heat the area faster, reducing energy costs.
How to Clean Your Furnace
We highly recommend calling a professional to clean your furnace because they are trained and have the proper tools to do a complete job. Many HVAC companies can also put you on a schedule, so your furnace will get a regular cleaning.
That said, you can clean it yourself if you wear safety equipment, like protective eyewear, a dust mask, and safety gloves.
Cleaning an Electric Furnace
Cleaning a Gas Furnace
Most experts recommend cleaning your furnace about once a year. Regular maintenance will help keep it operating properly and extend its lifespan. We recommend turning to your local professionals for proper cleaning, but if you’re careful, you can clean it yourself following the steps listed here. Always wear appropriate safety equipment and carefully read your owner’s manual before you begin.
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