As our recent ice storm proved, winter in the Pacific Northwest is here. Keeping your home or business warm is important, so make sure your furnace system is maintained properly. For almost four decades, our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling has been helping customers stay comfortable. Our experts recommend these winter heating tips.

Tip #1: Don’t forget about your furnace filters.
One of the most important parts of your furnace is the filter system. To ensure your furnace runs efficiently, replace or clean your filters regularly. This not only impacts how your system operates, but it also impacts its lifespan. Clogged or dirty filters restrict airflow and make the system work harder than necessary. Dirty filters also contribute to poor air quality in your home or business. They introduce dust, debris, or other pathogens that can cause asthma or allergies.

Tip #2: Don’t neglect a professional tune-up.
Your furnace is a large machine that is an investment for your home or business. Just like a car needs a tune-up, or your body needs a checkup, so does a furnace system need a tune-up from the professionals. We will check all the internal parts of the system, and make sure there are no loose wires or other problems with the machine that could indicate a future problem. We will also check the system’s overall efficiency, so you can rest knowing it’s running well and isn’t using excess energy.

Tip #3: Don’t ignore strange sounds or smells.
A well-maintained furnace will last 10 to 15 years. During that time, there may be parts that need to be repaired or replaced. So, whether it be from the machine itself or your vents, if you notice any unusual sounds or odors, don’t ignore them. Call us so we can take a close look at the electrical and mechanical elements of the machine. We’ll diagnose the issue and make sure we get it back to working order. This can help prevent a complete system failure, which could be very expensive and inconvenient.

Keeping these important winter heating maintenance tips in mind for your home or business will help you stay comfortable, all winter long. Contact us today for your annual maintenance appointment or to learn more about a furnace replacement in 2023!