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Don’t wait for the dead of winter to perform some furnace maintenance. After all, if you spot problems now you can ensure they’ve been fixed before you really need indoor heating.

Take some time out of your schedule this fall to maintain your furnace, using the below steps:

  • Replace your air filter monthly. If you are currently using a flat filter, you may consider upgrading to a pleated filter, HEPA filter, or electrostatic filter to increase your furnace’s energy efficiency.
  • Clean vents and ducts. Remove any dust or debris from your vents with the extension hose of your vacuum. Simply unscrew the vent covers around your home to clean and replace once finished.
  • Check the blower belt for cracks. First, turn off the power to your furnace via the main circuit breaker. Remove the steel cover of the air handler with a screwdriver and look for the largest rubber belt – inspect for cracks. Replace the belt if cracks are found.
  • Program your thermostat. Adjust your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature while you are sleeping or away from home. Home not equipped with this type of thermostat? Consider upgrading to one. Simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours can save you up to 15 percent a year on your heating bill!

Have questions or concerns about your home’s furnace? Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems. We’re experts on all brands, makes and models. Contact us today for fast, friendly, and courteous service: 719-544-4922.

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