All homeowners have a cleaning routine in which they clean their home and things in their home. Likewise, car owners have to do routine car maintenance. Similarly, if you have a furnace, it should also have its routine of cleaning and maintenance. Furnace cleaning is crucial throughout the year, especially in the winter season when it is heavily used. Furnace Repair New Hope MN
Why do you need to clean your furnace?
While providing comfort to you in winters, your furnace ends up being clogged up with dirt and debris. These tiny dust and dirt particles might seem harmless, but they can cause damage to your furnace over time. Too much dirt and debris build-up will clog up the parts of your furnace like the blower motor, air filter, coil, etc. This will cause your furnace to overwork and overheat.
Overheating can cause serious damage to your HVAC systems over time. Therefore, proper cleaning and maintenance are of utmost importance. However, it does not just affect the performance of your furnace, but it also has bad effects on your health. An unclean furnace will distribute dirt and debris particles throughout your house. This is going to greatly affect the indoor air quality of your home. Dirty air that contains pollutants can cause health issues. Many of these dust particles are allergens that can cause allergies.
Moreover, due to these dirty particles, you will get more prone to colds, viruses, and other germs. This can become a serious health issue for people that have asthma and breathing disorders. Inhalation of bad quality air can be harmful to your lungs. Furthermore, too much inhalation of this bad air can trigger allergic attacks or asthma.
How often do you need to clean your furnace?
Unlike most other things, furnace cleaning does not need to be done on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. On a monthly basis, you might need to clean your furnace filter, but that depends on the type of filter you use. You can check out our blog on “How to clean your air filter” for more information regarding that.
When it comes to the overall cleaning of your furnace, we recommend you do it twice every year. The best times to clean your furnace would be before and after a period of heavy usage. This means that you should get an annual cleaning and maintenance done before and after winters. It would be best if you get professional maintenance done.
You can do the cleaning of some of the parts of the furnace yourself as well. However, it also depends on your level of comfort with the mechanical parts of the furnace as well as your skills. Often people are not comfortable dealing with mechanical parts and some are not skilled enough either. We would recommend you do at least one maintenance session for your furnace with a professional technician.
Results of Furnace Cleaning
Routinely cleaning your furnace will give you many benefits in the end. With dirt clogged on the heat exchanger, blower motor, switches, and other parts of the furnace, your furnace will have to work harder than it should. Dirt caught up in the heat exchanger of the furnace will result in less heat absorption and increased running time. Therefore, a clean furnace will run more efficiently. The dirty blower motor, heat exchanger, and switches will wear out much quicker. This will result in the aging process speeding up. Therefore, if you want your furnace to last longer, make sure you get it cleaned.