How to Keep Your Portland Metro Home Comfortable This Winter03/15/2017Maintaining your furnace is vital to keeping it functioning well and keeping you and your family comfortable during the Portland Metro winter. If you already called Central Air Inc for your annual tune-up, you’re definitely on top of things. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Chat with us at 503-656-1908 to get one scheduled. There are many straightforward things you can do in between expert maintenance to increase the efficiency of your furnace and keep it running in the best shape. Try these furnace maintenance tips: Yes, we’ve said it before, but we can’t stress this enough: check your filters frequently and clean or replace them when advised. This is such a simple way to improve the airflow through your furnace and preserve top efficiency. Keep all your vents and cool air returns clear of blockages. This includes keeping any ventilation outside of your home clear. Test your thermostat regularly to confirm that it’s working properly. Just turn it on and gradually lift the temperature setting until you catch 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 see dust collecting around your cool air returns or a great deal of dust within your ducts, consider having your ducts professionally cleaned. To learn more about duct cleaning and how to determine if it’s time to hire someone, look at our blog on duct cleaning. Keeping you and your family warm and cozy matters to us. For more ideas on DIY furnace maintenance or to set-up a tune-up with one of our experts, call Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908 or arrange an appointment online. We’re happy to help!