If you don't do your part to keep up your HVAC System, you will literally end up paying for it. This could be in the form of increased monthly bills from efficient gas and electricity consumption, expensive repairs, or outright replacement of large appliances. Your system is going to last longer and work better if you maintain it over the years. Not all maintenance has to be professionally handled. This article focuses on how to keep your furnace clean
Cleaning Your Furnace Cabinet
Keeping your furnace cabinet clean is probably one of the most important things to do if you want your entire system to be more efficient. The furnace is home to the heat exchanger and the blower. So, it is responsible for creating heat, and circulating it throughout your duct system. This means that there is no way that your system can be efficient during the winter if the furnace is not kept clean. Unfortunately, the blower and the heat exchanger, which creates the heat, can both become less efficient when they are dirty. Dirt and dust are common within furnaces because of all the airflow.
This is particularly problematic if your filter system is not regularly maintained and you don't replace your filters within the recommended time periods. So, the first step is to make sure you keep your filters regularly replaced. Even then, your heat exchanger and blower will benefit from being cleaned.
How to Clean
Often, just simply vacuuming these components in your furnace cabinet is going to help them operate better. For instance, if the heat exchanger is caked in dust, the heat traveling through it might be slow down because it will run at a higher temperature and use more electricity in order to circulate the heat. If dust slows down your blower fan, it is going to have a similar effect.
Basically, it is good to open up your furnace cabinet about once a year and clean it out as well as possible with a vacuum. If you use the wand attachment on your vacuum, you can reach most critical areas within your furnace cabinet. There is a slight chance that they will be stubborn dust buildup on the side walls of your furnace cabinet. It is always worthwhile to clean these areas off if only to prevent dust from later falling and being circulated throughout your duct system.
As you can see, this is some simple work. It might not have it immediate drastic effect on your airflow, but it can help your system to be more productive in the long run. For more information, contact a company like Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air.