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It’s safe to say you’ve been using your heating unit for a while now, and will be for the next few months. Staying warm during the cold winter months in Southwestern PA is a priority and taking care of your heating unit is essential. To keep your heating unit functioning properly all winter long, take advantage of these helpful furnace maintenance tips.
When doing any kind of maintenance on your furnace, always turn off the electrical power or the fuel supply before you begin.

Filter
The most common maintenance you’ll need to do on your unit is change the filter. Fiber glass filters should be changed once a month for maximum airflow and clean air. A dirty filter will place more stress on your unit, causing it to run longer and work harder.

Pilot Light
Check the pilot light to make sure it’s burning properly. The flame should be a blue color. If the pilot light is yellow, your unit is potentially distributing unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and you should call a professional HVAC technician immediately.

Blower Motor
The blower motor should be well taken care of. This includes lubricating the motor and removing any dust, hair, dirt and other debris from around the blower motor.

Vents/registers
During this furnace season, take the time to vacuum or dust your vents and registers. It doesn’t take long for dust and other things to build up. This will help keep your air clean and maximize air flow.

Thermostat
When turning the thermostat down when you go to bed or leave the house, don’t turn it down more than five degrees. When you turn it back up, your unit will have to work even harder to raise the temperature. Take advantage of having guests over by turning the thermostat down a few degrees. The extra body heat will raise the temperature in your home.