Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting during the temperature changes, 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 propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace troubles are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By adhering to these straightforward pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington a call at 336-853-6070 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.