4 Places To Keep Spic N Span In Your Gas Heating System

Although your heating system might seem relatively maintenance free, it is actually quite important to keep the airways clear of lint and debris. Otherwise, your furnace may not properly create and distribute heat needed to keep your home at a steady, comfortable temperature. You might turn up your thermostat to compensate, driving your bill up significantly. Luckily, you can clean up the following areas once or twice a year to prevent problems associated with dirty vents, ducts, filters and pilot tubes. Check it out.

Vents

Your home has heating vents on the floors and ceiling that supply warm air to each room in the house. Without these ducts, as is found in central heating systems, your home would have hot spots and frigidly cold areas.

As the furnace runs, dust particles pile up and create a linty mess over the bottom of the vent. When this happens, warm air will bypass that room and continue into the next.

To clean out the vents, you must pull the fixture out of the duct by hand. If the vent is stuck in the duct, gently pry it out with a screwdriver covered in a rag. Wash the vents in warm, soapy water, and then dry them thoroughly before returning them to the duct opening.

Air Ducts

Deep in the walls and ceiling lie a series of ducts that carry warm air produced by the furnace. Dust in the air often falls down into these ducts and starts to stick together from all of the moisture created by warm heat.

If your home's ducts have never received a good cleaning, the clumped up dust could create a full blockage. What typically happens, however, is that the dust creates a partial blockage that reduces the efficiency of your heating system.

If you have clean ducts, you can usually turn down the furnace several degrees to achieve the same comfortable temperature. For each degree you turn your furnace down, you will save up to 5% on your monthly heating bill.

Filters

Your furnace contains up to two filters that actively pull dirt, dust, dander and hair out of the air it sucks inside. The filter element frequently clogs up with this debris and fails to suck enough air into the system to run the blower properly. As a result, heat created by the furnace cannot circulate through the home as expected.

You can change your own filter or just clean out the element by following the furnace manufacturer's directions. Furnaces usually contain their owner's manual in the bottom area just below the pilot light.

Pilot Tubes

Your furnace uses a pilot light to ignite the gas inside the burners. If the pilot light tube clogs with dust and debris, it could flare up or not light at all. If your pilot light goes out, your furnace's safety mechanism will turn off the entire unit until it is relit. You will need to clean all of the debris out of the tube before attempting to ignite the pilot light. You can suck the debris out with a vacuum or simply brush it away with your finger.

Cleaning It Up

You can open up the furnace and clean out the pilot tube and filters yourself or hire a professional to do the job. Vents are easily cleaned out using a small feather duster or damp rag. The air ducts, however, require the tools and expertise of a skilled heating and cooling professional. Once your heating system is cleaned out, you will instantly be able to enjoy the warm, purified air coming out of the vents once again. Go to sites about heating and air unit maintenance to discover additional ways to keep your system working well.


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