Your furnace has had its fall tune-up. Now you need to keep it functioning so it delivers reliable heating to your Lake Forest, Illinois, home. Here’s what you can do to ensure your home’s furnace operates at peak efficiency throughout the fall and winter:

Replace the Filter Monthly

During the heating season, you’ll want to clean or replace the furnace filter monthly. Most filters are located in a slot between the furnace and the return-air duct. Some filters require that you use an access panel to reach them. If you have a metal or plastic filter, clean it with water, let it dry, and replace it. If you have a disposable fiberglass filter, replace it with a new one.

Clean the Grates and Grilles

If your rooms have grates or grilles in floors or walls, your house is probably heated by a forced-air furnace. It heats the air and blows it through ducts into each room of your home. The heated air displaces the cold air, which is sent through return ducts back into the furnace.

To keep the system functioning properly, make sure to vacuum the vents, grates and grilles weekly. You can do so by using the crevice or dust-brush tool on your vacuum cleaner. Additionally, avoid blocking vents with furniture or other objects.

Use Ceiling Fans to Circulate Heat

While they won’t heat the air, ceiling fans can help circulate heat from the furnace throughout a room. Run your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction in the winter to draw air toward the ceiling and force warm air down into the room. Ceiling fans work best in rooms when their blades are about 7 to 10 feet above the floor and no more than 8 inches from the ceiling. Remember to turn the ceiling fans off when leaving the room.

Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning can help your furnace function through the winter at maximum efficiency. For heating system repair and replacement services, call us at 847-272-5836.

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