Whether it’s a chilly spring morning or a snowy night dead in the middle of winter, we rely on our furnaces to keep our homes temperate and comfortable. We utilize our thermostats to precisely control the interior temperature, and when we want it warmer, we turn up our thermostat, and our thermostat in turn activates our furnace. It seems like a simple process for us, but there are a wide variety of moving parts that go into providing the heat that we rely on in our homes. And sooner or later, every homeowner will have to take a look at their furnace and do some simple maintenance and cleaning, in order to continue relying on the quality heating and temperature control that keeps our homes temperate. But for many folks, they might not even know the first thing about cleaning or maintaining their furnace, and understandably so, as it is a complex appliance with a lot of moving parts, and without professional experience, you may be hesitant to approach it.
There are a wide variety of online guides out there to help you clean your furnace both safely and effectively, so even if you don’t know how to clean a blower fan or how to clean a blower motor, you can learn pretty easily. But even after all that, there are still some things to consider like what is the best time to clean your furnace and who should you call if you run into issues or concerns? Luckily, Ace Hi Plumbing has you covered in both of those departments. In this blog, we are going to talk about the best times of the year to get a start on cleaning your furnace, and if it comes to requiring professional furnace repair, replacement, or installation services, we can provide that too. We have proudly provided to other households in the Front Range for over 25 years, and we would be honored to serve your furnace needs. Keep reading below to learn why spring and summer are a great time to clean your furnace, and how Ace Hi Plumbing can help.
Why Spring and Summer?
When it comes to maintaining your appliances, attempting cleaning maintenance is usually a good call, even if it’s not at the optimal time of the year. But for an appliance like your furnace, taking advantage of the optimal time of the year to attempt cleaning maintenance can not only make the cleaning process easier, but it can also provide more effectiveness and efficiency in the times you really rely on your furnace.
Before or After Heavy Use
The main reason that spring and summer are the best times to clean your furnace is that they are both before and after the colder seasons of fall and winter. Obviously, our furnaces get a lot more use during the cooler fall months and the cold snowy winter months when our homes need a lot more heat in order to stay comfortable. But that also means that during those higher-use seasons, you are putting more strain on the furnace operation on a daily basis, as well as exposing your furnace to more potential build-up of debris. The more that you use your furnace, the more that dirt, dander, and other debris will flow through the furnace system, and get stuck and build up in the furnace, which can inhibit its optimal performance. So that means during the fall and winter months, as you use your furnace more often, the more debris can build up within the furnace system.
When debris builds up within your furnace, everything about its operation will run a little slower and require more energy, all of which puts more strain on the furnace parts and limits the appliance’s lifetime. Cleaning your furnace in the spring and/or the summer allows you to perform the cleaning maintenance at the time where there is the most debris build-up (in the spring, after high-use fall and winter months), or at the time before your furnace will be in high-use, (in the summer, before high-use fall and winter months). This will maximize the efficacy of your cleaning efforts, improving the efficiency of your furnace when it is needed most as well as extending the appliance’s lifespan.
Spring and summer are also good times for cleaning your furnace because these are the months where you won’t really need much heat in your home, which means that you won’t notice the downtime of your furnace and home heating being unavailable. The warmer spring and summer temperatures are also great for the actual cleaning process itself. Your furnace will be dusty, grimy, and require a pretty intensive cleaning process with soap and water, which means you will almost certainly do the process outside, and you will not want to have to hose down and clean out complex metal parts when it’s very cold outside.
The actual cleaning process will depend on the type of furnace you have, as well as the accessibility to the blower fan and blower assembly. But there are plenty of online guides that can show you how to safely and properly disassemble your furnace, clean the individual parts that are the dirtiest and most problematic, and reassemble your furnace for use during the colder months.
If you are concerned with attempting this cleaning maintenance by yourself, or if you have already attempted the cleaning maintenance by yourself and you don’t know how to put your furnace back together, don’t worry. Ace Hi Plumbing in Fort Collins and Loveland has the furnace repair, maintenance, and installation services you need to feel comfortable about your furnace’s operation, and efficiency.
Furnace Maintenance Services in Fort Collins – Ace Hi Plumbing
We all rely on our furnaces to keep our homes temperate and comfortable, but what happens when that furnace stops working or your utility bills skyrocket due to inefficient furnace operation? Cleaning and maintaining your furnace is a simple but necessary responsibility of owning a furnace, and the more you utilize the optimal time of the year for cleaning and maintenance, the better off your furnace operation will be. Contact Ace Hi Plumbing today to get the service you need, or call us for a simple consultation on your furnace’s needs.