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Keep Your Furnace in Top Shape All Winter

Whether you love it or hate it, there is one thing winter always brings to New Jersey residents—very, cold, weather. So, when the bitter temperatures arrive in your New Jersey home, you need to be prepared. How can you be certain you’re ready for winter? Easy. You make sure your furnace is in top shape, so you can keep your family safe and cozy all winter long. After all, if you neglect your heating unit, you run the risk of decreased comfort, unwanted repairs, and even worse—wasted money.

Fortunately, showing a little TLC to your furnace can make a huge difference when it comes to avoiding that indoor chill. When you give your system the attention it needs, it will work properly and provide you with the best energy efficiency and warmth it can. Here are five ways to keep yours running flawlessly this winter.

Replace Your Filter

A dirty or blocked filter is not your friend. It’s important to change your filters seasonally, or even better, once every three months. Remember, a filter’s job is to catch contaminants, so they don’t flow into your living space. Filters do a great job of catching dander, mold spores, bacteria, and other pollutants. But when they are dirty or clogged, they can’t do their job properly, which results in your furnace working twice as hard. Change your filter for a fresh one and your heating system should work effortlessly.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

You’ve heard us say this before, and we’ll say it again. The most important thing you can do for your home heating system is to schedule annual maintenance each year. Regular checkups (spring and fall) for your HVAC system ensure fewer repairs, better comfort, extended lifespan for your system, improved airflow, and a more efficient working system. A.J. Perri offers professional maintenance to keep your home comfortable 365 days a year. Learn more here.

Seal Window & Door Leaks

Do you feel a draft in your house? You could be losing valuable heat and energy through air leaks in your home. When you have air leaks, your heating system ends up working overtime to make up for the heat loss—which wastes energy and money. Check the outside edges of doors and windows for gaps and cracks. If you feel air seeping in, you’ve found your leak. Some simple caulking or weather stripping around these areas should do the trick!

Set Up Professional Duct Cleaning

Your air ducts might be out of sight, but they should never be out of mind. Your air ducts circulate your warm air and carry it into your living space. Over time, these air paths can become blocked or become excessively dirty due to accumulated dust, mold, dirt, debris, and even random animal droppings. Yuck! But fear not. A professional duct cleaning every few years can help prevent blockages and keep your system clean.

Clean Your House

Do you keep a clean home? Keeping your indoor space vacuumed, dusted, and clean on a regular basis helps prevent contaminants from floating around your living space and circulating back into your furnace. Vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces regularly helps your system work at its best.

1,2,3—Check Your Furnace!

Is your heating system keeping you cozy and safe this season? If so, great! If not, and you find yourself experiencing comfort issues, give our team a call today. A.J. Perri is available seven days a week, 365 days a year to help residents in our community with HVAC service. You can schedule service online or call our office at (732) 733-2548.