We’ve clearly reached the heating season here in Portland, so it’s a good time to remind everyone about the importance of gas furnace maintenance and what you can do to keep your unit running smoothly.

As always, it’s important to have a professional technician undertake a preventive maintenance check on your furnace. That’s why at this time of year, we offer great deals on maintenance checks.¬† Ultimate Comfort promotes checking and inspecting your gas furnace is the best way to ensure your unit is in good shape and won’t let you down when you need it most. Once your unit has been checked over, there are a few easy things to do to maintain the performance of your gas furnace.

Ensuring good airflow is key to an efficient, long lasting and reliable gas furnace.¬† That’s because the heating unit pushes warm air around to heat your home. Anything that makes this job harder, makes your gas furnace work harder – and if your furnace is working harder, you can bet you are paying more in energy bills and reducing the life of your furnace. So it’s no surprise that two of our three tips relate specifically to promoting good airflow through your system.

  • Clean and clear return grilles and floor grates: In order to maximize air flow and prevent a dirty air filter, clean all return grilles and floor grates and make sure that they are clear of any obstruction
  • Check and replace air filter: This is perhaps the most important task you can perform in order to keep your furnace running safely and efficiently. Check and/or replace dirty air filters at least once a month.
  • Make sure your CO detector is working: Carbon monoxide is silent, odor free and can kill. So, you might not be able to tell if you have a carbon monoxide leak, but your carbon monoxide detectors will. DO Check to make sure that they are all operating and have fresh batteries.

If you have any questions about maintaining your gas furnace, or would like to have yours inspected by a qualified technician, contact Ralph Shafer, for the Portland heating and cooling company  invested in your Ultimate Comfort.

 

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