Winter is on its way, and that means it’s almost time to fire up your furnace. Are you ready? Or, more appropriately, is your furnace ready? Prior to the winter season, it's important to make sure your home is well prepared for the chillier temperatures, and that includes your furnace, too. Since you’ll no doubt use your heating system extensively over the next few months, the team at Dust Doctors has put together a few tips on how to maximize its efficiency. First up? Furnace cleaning. Let’s take a look.

A Clean Furnace is an Efficient Furnace

Can you think of anyone who hates saving money? Yeah, we can’t either. A clean furnace saves you money on your monthly heating bill by improving the efficiency of your entire heating system. When dust and debris build up around your furnace’s motor, in its blower, and in the filter, your furnace must work harder to push warm air into your home. A dirty blower or air filter can also require your furnace’s blower motor to work harder than necessary, potentially leading to premature breakdown. At Dust Doctors, we perform comprehensive furnace cleaning to ensure all components of your heating system are in proper working order and as efficient as possible.

Replace Filters Regularly

Dirty filters can place excessive strain on your HVAC system, causing it to work harder to generate adequate warm air to heat your home. Not only does this situation increase your utility bills, but it can also diminish the life of your furnace. So how often should you replace your filters for maximum efficiency? Well, that depends on the situation inside your home.

If you have pets, we recommend replacing your filters every two months, if not every month. Pet hair and dander can quickly clog filters, as can near-constant use of your HVAC system. If you plan on running your heat constantly over the winter (who doesn’t?), then we recommend changing your filters approximately every six weeks. And, if you live in an area with overall poor air quality or pollution, then you should change your filter every 30 days.

Keep Your Ducts Clean

If your ducts have interior dust buildup, they may be affecting the efficiency of your heating system. As air flows through your HVAC system, it picks small particles of dust and other debris that accumulate on the interior walls of your ducts. As this air travels through your filters, it deposits these particles, causing your filters to quickly clog. In turn, clogged filters reduce airflow and put greater strain on your furnace and blower motor. Traveling dust can also end up in your furnace’s internal components, where it builds up over time, potentially leading to premature breakdown. At Dust Doctors, we offer several customized duct cleaning methods to ensure your ductwork remains free of buildup, keeping your HVAC system as efficient as possible.

Professional Furnace Cleaning in the Twin Cities

Before winter weather arrives, maximize the efficiency of your heating system with professional furnace and duct cleaning from the experts at Dust Doctors. Our unique cleaning system and custom package of services and equipment cannot be found anywhere else. Through years of experience, we’ve perfected our techniques to deliver a superior service you can count on. If you’re ready to maximize your HVAC efficiency, give us a call at 651-319-9777 or feel free to message us on our contact page for your free estimate.

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