Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Tips For Cleaning Your Gas Furnace Before Firing It Up For Winter

Kristin Pierce

On the first cool morning of the year, you may start thinking it is time to turn on your home's furnace in preparation for the upcoming winter weather. However, before you light the pilot and fire up your gas furnace, use the following tips to clean out the excess dust that has probably settled during the months when you were not using it.

Wipe Down the Furnace's Exterior

Before you remove the access panel, the first thing you need to do is wipe down the exterior of the furnace. This step is important because any dust and dirt that has settled on the surface and inside the air vents could be sucked into the furnace while it is running.

To wipe down the exterior, use a microfiber cloth to remove the excess dust. If there are any sections that are grimy or particularly dirty, use a cloth that is slightly damp. Try not to use any cleaners, since their fumes could be released into the air when you turn on the furnace and it heats up any residual chemicals.

Vacuum Out the Interior

Once you have wiped down the exterior, remove the access panel so you can vacuum inside of the furnace. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual to remove the panel, since all models are different.

After you have access, use the crevice extension on your vacuum cleaner to suck up any dust and cobwebs inside the nooks and crannies, being careful not to hit the blower or any wires sticking out. However, do not use the vacuum on the pilot or burner, as you risk breaking its delicate pieces.

Then, switch to the brush accessory to vacuum the flat spaces. If you can easily access the holes, vacuum as much of the attached ductwork's interior as you can.

Use a Straw to Dust the Pilot Light and Burner

Once you have vacuumed as much as possible, you can now turn your attention to the pilot light and burner. Since these areas are delicate, care must be taken when cleaning them.

To remove any loose dust in and around the pilot and burner holes, position a straw near them, and blow gently. This should remove the worst of the dust without having to come into contact with the parts.

Using the above tips can help you remove most of the dust that has accumulated on and inside your furnace over the summer months. However, for a more thorough cleaning, contact an HVAC contractor who offers furnace cleaning services and schedule an appointment.