Even in sunny Southern California, we can experience some cool days. Right now we’re going through a rainy and overcast stretch of weather where heaters will need to come on to keep homes comfortable.
If your home is like most, it has a gas furnace to provide heat during this time of the year. And there’s probably a good chance that you’re making mistakes with it that will cost you in comfort, energy savings, and even general safety around the house. Below are three mistakes you may be making with your natural gas furnace—and how to fix them.
ONE: Ignoring It
Yes, it’s easy to ignore a furnace in a place that’s as all-around warm as Southern California. But you shouldn’t. A furnace must have regular maintenance done once a year, usually in the fall, to make sure that it isn’t starting to deteriorate and lose its energy efficiency… or even become a safety hazard. Even though it’s already winter, it’s never too late to get started on maintenance if you’ve missed it this year. And never ignore any signs that the furnace is suffering from a malfunction, such as strange noises from the cabinet or cold spots in the house.
TWO: Running it all the time
Cold weather arrives, you turn on the thermostat to start the furnace. At this point, you may think it’s just better simply to keep it running whenever you’re home to maintain a pleasant temperature. However, there are some major downsides to this. The furnace can dry out your air and it will waste a tremendous amount of energy. It’s much better to keep the thermostat at a lower setting so the furnace only has to run occasionally.
THREE: Keeping it past its prime
How old is your furnace? If it’s more than 20 years old, you should have it replaced. Letting a furnace linger on past the edge of its service life is a recipe for a busted, inefficient and even dangerous system. If you’re unsure about replacing it, call experts to look over the furnace and offer you professional advice.
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