Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are a few easy tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a funny, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is smart and it appears like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause a disparity in the comfort of your home. By observing these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville a call at 434-296-0129 or easily set up an appointment with us online.