Congratulations! You’ve just purchased your new, energy-efficient furnace and are ready for Decatur, AL’s cooler months. Your new system will help you save on your energy bills, especially when combined with newer technology such as a smart thermostat. A new furnace will also reduce the chance of carbon monoxide leaks and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since a new furnace can be a large expense, ranging from $1700 to $9700, you may be wondering how to make your system last for as long as possible. Here are some great tips for extending the life of your system.

Humidifiers Can Help. It’s always good to only run your furnace when you need it, and did you know that dry air in your home (a common complaint during winter) can make you feel colder than you would with more humid air?

Using a humidifier with your new furnace can help you to tolerate lower temps, and add less wear and tear on your system. Even a small room humidifier can help.

Keep The Filters Clean. Changing the furnace filter is a very easy task in most cases, and inexpensive. Furnace filters work by keeping particles such as dust and pet hair out of your system, and keeping it cleaner and running better. It can also help the air quality in your home, if you opt for higher MERV ratings.

Schedule Regular Checkups. Just like people and pets, furnaces benefit from regular checkups, too. Usually, these take place once per year, in which an HVAC professional checks your system for issues and cleans the interior. This serves two purposes: an inspection finds problems early, and it also keeps your system clean and running for longer.

Keep the Outer Unit Clean. Debris such as plants and outdoor waste can pile around furnaces all year, and this can block air flow and make your system work harder, even when you’re using the AC. Improve air flow by keeping the area around your outdoor unit clear, and this will help the blower do its job more efficiently and add to its life.

Use Natural Heating and Cooling. You can also help your furnace by using some natural heating for your home, such as sunlight. Opening curtains to allow sunlight into your home will help to heat it naturally, and closing your curtains during warmer days will help to keep it cool. You can also use zoned heating and cooling, if available, to better heat bottom floors while allowing heat to naturally rise to the top floor of your home.

Use Smart, Programmable, or Zoned Thermostats. Today’s technology has advanced beyond the simple temperature knobs of the past, and new systems will allow you to heat or cool only one or two parts of your home while not working so hard on others. Other “smart” systems learn your habits, such as your temperature preferences during each time of the day, and adjust temperature accordingly throughout your home. You can also opt for a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set different temperatures for different times.

Have Questions About Your New Furnace? Here at Southeastern Mechanical Services, we’re here to ensure you get the most out of your new system, whether it be comfort, energy savings, or both. If you have questions, be sure to reach out to us today.