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It’s cold outside, and you want your furnace to run at its best. Even a minor mistake with your furnace can affect its performance. It can be helpful to know what the most common furnace mistakes are, and how you can avoid them.

Thermostat Set Too High

It’s a common misconception that cranking up the temperature on the thermostat will heat your house faster. In fact, doing this is a waste of energy. The bigger the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the harder your furnace works to reach the desired temperature. Setting your thermostat to 68°F in winter will help you to save energy.

Not Changing the Filters

If your air filters aren’t changed regularly, they can become blocked and impede airflow. This will lower both your furnace’s efficiency and your indoor air quality. How often your filters need changing depends on what type you have. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how often to change your filters.

Running the Heat All Day

There’s no need to keep your furnace running when you’re away from home. Setting your thermostat back several degrees when no one is at home will lower your heating bill and reduce wear on your furnace. Install a programmable thermostat so you won’t need to remember to adjust your furnace every day. Set it to lower the temperature while you’re at work, and warm up your home just before you return.

Blocked Registers

A common mistake is placing furniture or other large items in front of your registers. Doing this can interfere with airflow and keep your rooms from properly heating. Make sure that you keep the registers clear in every room.

Skipping the Annual Maintenance

Not all furnace problems are easy to spot if you don’t know what to look for. Having an annual furnace inspection performed by a professional at Barrett & Sons Inc. ensures that your heating system works when you most need it. Your HVAC technician can check your furnace and fix any problems that arise before they cause a breakdown.

Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your heating service.

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