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How to Maximize the Life of Your Gas Furnace

As the weather begins to cool down, homeowners throughout the Fraser Valley have started to switch off their air conditioning and turn on their gas furnace to keep their home comfortable. While it’s easy to take your furnace for granted, you’ll immediately notice a drop in temperature and comfort if it stops working. As a leading provider of quality gas furnaces, the team at Primo Heat knows replacing a furnace can be a significant expense. That’s why our team has put together some information to demonstrate how to maximize the life of your gas furnace and minimize the risk of potential issues.

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3 Ways to Increase the Life of Your Gas Furnace

The following actions can significantly increase the usable life of your gas furnace:

1. Regularly Replace Your Air Filter

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to increase the usable life of your gas furnace is to regularly replace your air filter. The filter helps to keep dirt, pet hair, and other debris from getting into the blower, making it a vital element of every furnace. If you leave the same filter in the furnace for too long, it will become clogged and reduce the amount of air that can flow through it. This will cause your furnace to work harder to keep your home warm, increasing wear on the unit and the potential for overheating. While most air filters need to be replaced every 3 months, you may need to replace it more often if you have pets or a lot of dust throughout your home.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Your furnace’s usable life is directly tied to how hard it needs to work to keep your home warm. If you’re away from home 8 hours per day for work, but leaving your furnace on while you’re away, this will significantly reduce its usable life. Instead of trying to remember to adjust your thermostat before you leave for work, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. These units allow you to keep your furnace running on a set schedule, ensuring the temperature is comfortable when you’re home while reducing the amount of time it needs to run throughout the day. In addition to extending the life of your furnace, a smart thermostat can reduce your gas bill, making it well worth the investment.

3. Stay on Top of Maintenance

Much like your car, regular preventative maintenance is the best way to increase the usable life of your furnace and decrease the risk of breakdowns. You should have your furnace inspected and maintained once per year to ensure every component is in good working order. By having an annual tune-up service performed by a professional, you will increase the efficiency of your furnace and extend its usable life.

To learn more about our heating and cooling services or to inquire about our gas furnace products, get in touch with the team at Primo Heat. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products or services.

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