It is not unusual for a furnace to make strange noises and sounds when turned on for the first time after months of non-use; however, sudden noises or changes in performance may be signs of a problem. Simple self-maintenance and professional tune-ups will help you avoid costly repairs, extend the life of your furnace, and lower your utility bills. The following are a few maintenance tips to help you keep your furnace running at peak efficiency.

• Keep your thermostat set at the lowest point possible that will keep you and your family comfortable. If possible, lower the setting at night and whenever you will be away from home. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will ensure that these adjustments are done automatically.
• Remember to clean or replace your filters regularly. We recommend that you do this at least once a month or as recommended by the manufacturer.
• You should also clean baseboard heaters, registers, and radiators on a regular basis. Be sure to keep these areas free of obstructions so that the warm air can circulate freely throughout your home.
• Remove any air that may be trapped in your hot water radiator at least once or twice a season. If you are unsure how to do this, we can perform this task for you.
• Add heat-resistant reflectors between your radiator and external walls.
• Remember to turn off the exhaust fan in your kitchen or bath within 20 minutes after you are finished bathing or cooking. If you have an old exhaust fan, you may want to consider replacing it with a low-noise, energy-efficient model.
• During the winter months, be sure to open any drapes or shades on your south-facing windows during the daytime to allow the natural sunlight to warm the rooms. Keep drapes closed at night to block out the chill.

If it has been a while since your furnace has had a tune-up, contact us today to schedule an appointment.