Winter in the Chicagoland area is no picnic. It’s made even worse when you’ve got a furnace that isn’t carrying its weight. Unfortunately, there are several reasons a furnace can fail to keep your home warm enough. Here are a few common problems to consider if your furnace doesn’t seem to be doing its job.
Your Furnace Is in Need of Repairs
The quickest way to send your heating system to the scrap heap is to neglect regular maintenance and repairs. Whether it’s a damaged heat exchanger, a worn blower or anything in between, a minor heating issue can quickly become a major problem. The best way to get your furnace pushing out the heat is with a professional maintenance visit. An HVAC professional has the tools and knowledge to ensure that your furnace is working at its best and most efficient.
Your Home Needs Weatherizing
Weatherizing is a simple task that often seems to go overlooked. Simply put, it’s the process of making small improvements to better equip your home for harsh weather. In particular, weatherization involves sealing many of the pesky air leaks in your home. Taking the time to seal some common trouble areas is a great way to ensure your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard. This adds up to better heating performance and lower energy costs.
You’ve Got Leaky Ductwork
Are your heating ducts already well-sealed and insulated? If not, you could be wasting a whole lot of heat. The ductwork in most homes allows a significant amount of heat to leak out before it ever reaches its intended area. This means your furnace has to work even harder to provide the heating you need. By making sure your ducts are sealed and insulated, you’ll be able to keep more of your heated air right where it belongs.
A heating system that’s failing to keep you warm can be a nightmare. Regular maintenance and a few basic home improvements are often enough to remedy this problem. To explore other furnace-related issues, check out Martin Enterprises Heating and Air Conditioning’s professional heating services or call (847) 719-8442 today.