How To Maintain Your Furnace Between Check Ups

A qualified service technician quickly and conveniently inspects and cleans your heating system, ensuring it is safe and ready for the coming winter months. But, how can homeowners do their part in maintaining furnaces between check ups?  


  • Change your air filter - A dirty filter can force your system to work harder, and could even cause a system shutdown requiring an emergency service call. 
  • Clear outside exhaust vents and chimneys - While the weather is still favorable you should make sure chimneys and vents are not blocked. 
  • Lower your thermostat- Turning the room temperature down just a couple of degrees during cold weather can provide a little relief of the pressure on your heating system. 
  • Close vents in unused rooms - Closing these vents will help keep warm air circulating where you need it most.

Learn more and locate a qualified contractor to service your air ducts, furnace and air conditioning systems by going to the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Contractor Locator page, or calling 1-877-467-HRAI (4724).  

All HRAI Member Contractors have been prescreened and have the required trade licenses, technical certifications and insurance coverage to work on your system.




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