How do I extend the life of my furnace?
The average lifespan of a furnace is between 12 and 15 years, but with regular maintenance and filter changes, they can last even longer. Tips include:
- Schedule annual routine maintenance each fall before you turn the furnace on to detect any potential issues before they can cause further damage.
- Change the filter every four to six weeks during peak heating season to keep system components clean and reduce wear and tear on parts.
- Increase system efficiency by sealing air leaks around windows and doors.
- Seal and insulate air ducts to prevent dirt and debris from entering, and conditioned air from escaping.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it between five and ten degrees lower for times you are asleep or away from home. This can help extend the lifespan of your furnace by preventing unnecessary heating and saving on the cost of energy.