Furnaces typically last about 15 years. Just like any other appliance, if it’s not maintained the lifespan will be shorter.

As the cold weather arrives, it may be time to start firing up the heat in your home. If you’ve had your furnace for a while, there is a level of anxiety in hoping that your heating system can get you through another winter.

Here are some ways to make sure you get as much life out of your furnace as possible.

Change Your Air Filters
Most homeowners don’t think about their air filters nearly enough. Dirty air filters not only reduce air quality, but also can potentially damage your furnace. With dirty filters, furnaces must work harder to maintain airflow and temperature, leading to a shorter life of the furnace

Not only is changing an air filter an easy fix, it is one of the most inexpensive things you can do to improve your heating system. As seasons change, so should your air filter, but ultimately it depends on the condition of your home. Pets, dusty projects, and smoke can wear out the filters quicker.

Upgrade Your Analog Thermostat
If your home still has an analog thermostat, it may be time to upgrade to a digital one. Outdated older thermostats are not as accurate in measuring temperatures as newer ones. The result is a harder working furnace and a shorter lifespan.

Schedule an HVAC Inspection
Stay ahead of the maintenance of your furnace and have it inspected. It is best to have it inspected annually and serviced as needed to avoid any major issues. Preventative maintenance protects you from costly repairs in the future.

Address Your Home’s Insulation
There are many ways that heat can sneak out of your home. Inefficient windows & doors, and cracks in the floor are just a few ways that can hurt your wallet, and make your home heating system work harder to maintain your desired temperature. Insulating your home is the best way to avoid overworking your heating system. Adding insulation, sealing cracks, and sealing leaks in your air ducts can keep your home toasty year round.

Have Your Air Ducts Maintained
Heating & cooling systems perform best with frequent maintenance. When done thoroughly and properly, air duct cleaning is beneficial to your entire HVAC system. Heating and cooling systems get dirty through everyday use. That air can be filled with harmful particles that get into the air you breathe in your home daily. It can be circulated many times daily. A dirty air duct filter means your heating and cooling system is working harder, resulting in a potentially shorter life span.

Several factors contribute to the increased need of air duct cleaning including the number of people and pets that live in your home. If you suffer from allergies, the conditions can be even tougher to deal with. When you are ready to have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to contact a professional.