It’s probably a bittersweet feeling when you purchase that new furnace or air conditioner. You’re excited to have a new unit that will be reliable and should save you money on your utility bill.
On the other hand it seems hard to justify investing thousands of dollars in an appliance that will spend it’s life sitting in your basement or outside exposed to the harsh weather.
Investing in a furnace isn’t as sexy as a new car. But at some point it’s a necessary investment for almost everybody. Here are three, actionable steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the most out of your unit. These don’t require any big financial investments, but, if acted upon, are sure to keep your unit running efficiently, running strong, and running for a long time.
Check Your Air Filter
The typical air filter should be changed every month. A dirty air filter restricts air flow which means your furnace has to work harder to move air through the duct work & into your house. It’s kind of like being the fastest runner in the world but being forced to wear a mask that makes breathing more difficult. You have to help your furnace breath.
Don’t want to remember to change your filter every month? Install a media filter and reduce filter changes from monthly to a few times a year.
Use a programmable thermostat to setup a schedule for your furnace & dictate what temperature you want your home to be at specific days and times of the week. So instead of turning your furnace off when you go to bed, or setting it to a very low temperature, you can program it to automatically lower the temperature at night and have it back up to your comfort setting when you get up in the morning.
Want even more control? A wifi thermostat will let you control your home’s comfort right from your smartphone. It will also alert you if your home’s temperature hits preset highs or lows.
Register the Warranty
Register your equipment to receive the maximum warranty. Many manufacturers offer a standard 5-year parts warranty on their equipment. What people don’t realize is that warranty can be extended, often up to 10 years, just by registering the equipment.
Check with the company who installed your equipment to see if you’re getting the maximum warranty. We recommend calling the company who made your furnace as well to make sure you’re getting the same answer.
You can always call or email us, even if we didn’t install it, and we can try to help you verify what kind of warranty your equipment has.
BONUS: Become a Signature Club Member
A lot manufacturers (Amana, Carrier, Goodman, Trane, Rheem, Heil, etc) require regular maintenance on your furnace in order for the warranty to remain in effect. Regular maintenance usually means having your furnace looked at and serviced by a licensed professional. The furnaces we offer come with one-year memberships to our Signature Club to ensure this maintenance is happening right from the start.
Joining our Signature Club is the easiest way to maintain your warranty. One Ultimate Tune & Clean on your furnace and all these benefits are included on a furnace for $15.49 per month.