Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to unused rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often forces your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate a disparity in the comfort of your home. By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro a call at 256-574-1300 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.