Furnace Regular Maintenance
Your furnace & ducts should be cleaned every 2 to 3 years. Factors that can impact your cleaning frequency include:
Where your home is located
- Homes in dusty areas (near industrial parks, the city dump, farms, and construction) may have more dust and dirt in the air than average, which may mean you need to have your furnace & ducts cleaned more often.
A brand new home
- Your furnace & ducts should be cleaned prior to you moving in. Check with your builder – most will have this done for you.
- If your new home is in a new neighbourhood with a lot of construction, dirt & dust, your system may need to be cleaned again in as soon as a year.
Pets, smoke, allergies
- These things can increase the dust & particles in the air or increase sensitivity to poor air quality.
- If you find that your filter is getting very dirty every month when you check it, even if it’s been less than 2 years, we offer a free inspection to see if your system is in need of a cleaning with any dryer vent cleaning.
Your Furnace Filter
A clogged filter can block airflow and cause costly damage your furnace.
- Check your furnace filter monthly & clean (permanent filters only) or change your filter every 1 to 3 months depending on level of soiling
- Use the correct size of filter, and ensure your furnace filter fits securely – gaps or spaces reduce the filtration of your air and allow your furnace to get dirty more quickly.
- If you have two or more furnaces, confirm you are using the right filter size for each – often homes with multiple furnaces will have a larger and smaller furnace with different filter sizes.
Having trouble finding the correct size of furnace filter for your furnace? We can help with standard and custom sized permanent and disposable filters and pre-filters – contact us.
- Check humidifier for leaks every month when you check your furnace filter
- Clean (permanent pads only) or replace humidifier pads before winter
Your HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator)
- Vacuum, wash & dry HRV filters every two months during heating season
Not sure if you have an HRV? It is a large rectangular metal box in your furnace room. Stale or “old” air passes through, and heat from that air is captured to heat incoming cold, fresh air. It also helps to control condensation. There are filters in your HRV on both the intake and exhaust sides of the system.
- Clean dust & debris from outside air conditioning unit in the spring, to ensure that function is not compromised
- Cover your outside air conditioning unit in the winter when it’s not being used
Furnace Tune Up
- Get a licensed heating professional to check and ensure that your system is running safely & efficiently every year
- If you have air conditioning, you should make sure that the company you call is licensed to handle air conditioning as well.
- If you have a concern about any gas appliance, including your furnace and hot water tank, ATCO Gas offers safety inspections