Furnace Questions: For Any Homeowner

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Furnace questions are bound to come up for any homeowner. As homeowners, we have a lot of things to worry about and the bigger the financial burden may be, the more we worry. Your home’s furnace is a critical appliance because if it breaks on the coldest day of the year, you have no option but to get it fixed immediately.

One type of furnace question that new homeowners tend to ask is how high should I set my thermostat? Well, the answer will rely on a number of factors.

What type of fuel your furnace uses, how many square feet the furnace must heat and what is a comfortable temperature range for you and the other members of your family will all play a factor. Many new thermostats allow you to program your thermostat for different temperatures at different times of the day which can maximize your efficiency and budget.

You may also ask yourself, what kind of maintenance does my furnace need? This is a good question. It is recommended that you have your furnace inspected by a professional at least once a year. Experienced DIYers can attempt an inspection, but it can be dangerous because you will be exposed to high temperatures. If you do decide to give it a go, remember to wear protective gear, such as Carhartt clothing.

Also, depending on the type of furnace that you have, you will likely need to replace either an air or oil filter somewhere near your furnace as well.
The biggest and scariest question to ask is this, what do I do if my furnace isn’t working properly? For this, there is only one good answer—call a qualified service technician to fix your furnace immediately.

Small problems do not stay small problems for very long. Therefore, it really is best to have any issue inspected and fixed by a professional before a relatively inexpensive fix becomes an entire furnace replacement. Also keep in mind that furnaces will not last forever. If your furnace seems old or inefficient, begin saving to replace the furnace because one day, the decision to replace the furnace might be made for you.