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Prepare for Winter with These 3 Tips

furnaceWe get it, heating during the winter is the last thing you want to think about. You’d rather think about all the holidays that are coming, delicious dinners with family, and sipping hot cocoa on a snowy night. However, your heater has to work pretty hard to keep you comfortable.

So, to compensate, we’d like to offer two sets of solutions. The first solution is to call an HVAC service professional to perform maintenance on your heating in Clive, IA. We can speak from experience when we tell you that calling the professionals for anything related to heating and sealing your home is the best way to keep your home cozy this winter. However, if you’re looking for ways that you can help lower your heating bill and keep your furnace healthy, we can provide some tips in this post.

So, let’s get started!

Tips to Keep Your Home Cozy

While there are many ways to help keep the heat in your home this winter, without an operational furnace, none of these tips matter. So if you’ve got an issue with your system, make sure you contact the professionals ASAP.

  • Sealing and Caulking. No matter how state-of-the-art your furnace is, it’ll have trouble heating your home if you’ve got a drafty house. Single-pane windows, uncaulked attics, and leaking air ducts are leading causes for your drafty home. If you’re looking to save money on your heating bill and ease the load on your furnace, caulking and sealing can help achieve that goal.
  • Clean Your Gutters! No, we’re not just trying to tell you to make your house look nice. As the weather turns cold and your property loads up with snow and ice, gutters can be a perpetual zone for water to infiltrate your home. The moment water pools around your gutters or your foundation, it’s going to be incredibly hard for your heater to keep your home cozy. Basically, you’re going to want to keep your home dry if you want to save money on your heating bill.
  • Check the Age of Your Heater. You might not be able to tell how well your furnace is working or if there are any subtle issues—but the age of your heating system can definitely clue you in to problems ahead.

How Long Do Furnaces Last?

Generally, furnaces last from 12-15 years. However, there is a major caveat to this. A well-maintained furnace can be 20 years old and still work fine if the right amount of attention has been paid to it. Along the same lines, a forced-air heater won’t even last a decade if it has been neglected and if vital maintenance has been ignored. Basically, you’re rolling the dice if you decide to forego furnace maintenance, and it could come back to bite you if you’re not careful.

Get to Work!

So, we’ve listed three tips that can help your furnace keep you warm and cozy. Though, without the furnace being maintained properly, none of these tips matter at all. Do yourself a favor and schedule some furnace maintenance before it gets too cold!

When concerned about the health of your furnace, it’s better to call Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling y’all!

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