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Furnace breakdowns are inconvenient, expensive, and stressful. However, performing a few simple household tasks around your Northbrook, Illinois, home can help your furnace stay in tiptop shape. To keep your heating system operating efficiently this winter, change the filter, clear your registers, install a smart thermostat, maintain proper humidity levels, and seal air leaks.

Change the Furnace Filter

Change the filter regularly to keep your furnace running efficiently this winter. When your filter is clogged with dirt and dust, your heating system has to work harder to heat your home, increasing wear and tear on it and driving up utility bills.

Clear Your Registers

The registers throughout your home help your furnace distribute heat evenly. If they’re closed, blocked, or dirty, your heating system can’t operate efficiently. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the register covers three or four times a year. Additionally, keep them open and never place furniture in front of them.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Installing a smart thermostat makes it easy to schedule temperature changes, helping your heating system operate less often when you’re away from home. This is one of the easiest ways to increase furnace efficiency and save money on utility costs.

Maintain Proper Humidity Levels

Air is drier in the winter, and dry air tends to feel cooler than it really is. To maintain proper humidity levels between 30% and 50% in your home, use a humidifier if necessary. This will help transfer heat more effectively, allowing you to run your furnace less often.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks are huge sources of energy loss in many homes, and sealing them can make a big difference in how well your furnace runs. Check for air leaks around doors and windows, recessed lighting, and pipes that pass through exterior walls. Seal any gaps and cracks with caulk, weatherstripping, or spray foam.

If you’d like to schedule preventive maintenance or need advice about keeping your furnace running well, give us a call at Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning, Co. today.

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