How to Keep Your Erie Home Comfortable This Winter03/15/2017Maintaining your furnace is vital to keeping it operating well and keeping you and your family warm during the Erie chill. If you already called Patterson & Stirling Inc for your annual check-up, you’re definitely on top of things. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Chat with us at 814-833-5558 to get one set-up. There are plenty of simple things you can do in between expert servicing to increase the efficiency of your furnace and keep it functioning in tip top shape. Try these furnace maintenance tips: Yes, we’ve said it before, but we can’t emphasize this enough: check your filters regularly and clean or replace them when advised. This is such a simple way to increase the airflow through your furnace and uphold maximum efficiency. Keep all your vents and cool air returns clear of blockages. This comprises of keeping any ventilation outside of your home clear. Test your thermostat regularly to ensure it’s functioning properly. Merely turn it on and slowly increase the temperature setting until you hear your furnace turn on. If it doesn’t turn on, look back to our blog post on furnace repair for more thermostat tips, or give us a call. If you observe dust gathering around your cool air returns or a lot of dust within your ducts, contemplate having your ducts professionally cleaned. To learn more about duct cleaning and how to tell if it’s time to hire someone, check out our blog on duct cleaning. Keeping you and your family warm and comfortable matters to us. For more ideas on DIY furnace maintenance or to schedule a tune-up with one of our pros, call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-833-5558 or plan an appointment online. We’re happy to help!