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The average life of a furnace is about 20 years. However, this is not a guarantee. It is important for you to do everything you can to make sure your furnace lasts as long as it can. A new furnace can be quite an expensive replacement – make your furnace last longer and get your money’s worth out of it for the next 20 years.

Tune Up
Every fall before you begin using your furnace, you should have a furnace tune up performed by a professional. This tune up will make sure your furnace is prepared for constant heating during the cold winter months. The technician will also check for carbon monoxide leaks, perform regular maintenance and check for any potential problems that could occur.

Change the filter
Your furnace filter should be changed every 1 to 2 months. When the filter is full, the furnace has to work harder to pump out warm air, when the furnace works harder it wears out faster. Changing the filter will not only make your furnace run more smoothly but will also give you cleaner air.

Eliminate humidity
Rust can deteriorate the life span of your furnace. Removing humidity from your home will prevent your furnace from rusting. This can be done by purchasing a dehumidifier and placing it near your furnace.

Seal air leaks
You don’t want your heat to escape and you most definitely do not want any cold drafts in your home during the bitter winter months. When there are air leaks, the heat from your furnace escapes, causing you to turn the heat up more and more which wears on your furnace. To keep extra pressure off of your furnace, make sure your air ducts are insulated and seal all and potential air leaks in your attic and basement.

Install a thermostat
A programmable thermostat will help you monitor and control the temperature in your home. This will help you make sure you’re not heating your home excessively while you’re not at home. When you do turn your thermostat down when you leave your home and go to bed, be sure not to lower the temperature more than five degrees to avoid putting extra pressure on your furnace.