Why Are Furnace Cleanings So Important?

October 8, 2019 By Excelsior Mechanical Blog

Furnace Cleanings

Furnace upkeep should include a regular maintenance schedule to ensure your home remains safe and your heating system runs optimally. One of the most critical components of maintenance is regular cleaning. Your furnace should be cleaned by a professional technician at least once a year — find out why below.

Reduce the Buildup of Dirt and Debris

Furnaces contain blower motors which are prone to sucking up particles that travel through HVAC systems. This makes them veritable magnets for dust, dirt, dander and debris. While furnaces are outfitted with special filters to collect this debris, they don’t always collect all of it, as they’ll eventually fill up over time. Thus, not only should your furnace be cleaned regularly, but your filter should also be changed at least three times a year. Cleaning your furnace and regularly changing the filter will ensure that dust, dirt, dander and debris aren’t redistributed into your air ducts. This will protect your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and prevent allergens from entering the air. It will also protect against major mechanical problems and reduce the risk of fire.

Prevent Performance Issues

It’s impossible for a dirty furnace to stay in peak condition and perform optimally. Dirt can affect how well your furnace’s blower works, which can cause inefficient heating and uncomfortable hot or cold spots throughout your home. Over time, this inefficiency can cause a spike in your energy bills. Dirt can also impact how other parts of the system work, causing strain and mechanical issues. A dirty, ill-performing furnace may also pose a grave risk, such as carbon monoxide leaking. Regular furnace cleaningcan eliminate this risk and help to prevent breakdowns.

Minimize Potential Health Risks

When dirt and other particles within your furnace are redistributed through the air ducts, they can cause and exacerbate respiratory issues. You and your family could become more susceptible to respiratory infections, colds and viruses. Allergens in the air could also worsen existing allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions. They could even cause a respiratory disease or trigger a severe allergy or asthma attack.