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As temperatures plummet, reliance on home heating systems in Birmingham, AL, surges. Yet, with this reliance often comes many questions from homeowners about furnace operation, efficiency, and maintenance.

The experts at Standard Heating, Cooling & Plumbing are here to answer five of the most frequently asked furnace questions to give you additional clarity this winter.

Why is my furnace making strange noises?

Unusual sounds from a furnace might indicate underlying issues. Rattling, banging, or whistling noises could signal problems such as loose components, a malfunctioning blower, and airflow restrictions. We recommend calling an HVAC technician to inspect the system and diagnose the issue.

What temperature should I set my thermostat to during the winter?

If you and your family have trouble staying comfortable during the winter, it may be because your thermostat is not at the right temperature. The ideal thermostat setting varies based on comfort preferences and energy efficiency goals, but a common recommendation is 68-72°F. You also may want to consider investing in a programmable thermostat to set schedules for different times of day.

How can I improve my furnace efficiency?

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your furnace. Regular maintenance, sealing ductwork to prevent air leaks, proper insulation, and programmable thermostats are all excellent ways to improve efficiency. 

How do I know if it is time for a new furnace? 

Knowing when it’s time to replace your furnace involves considering various factors. A few signs it may be time for an upgrade are:

  • Rising energy bills despite regular maintenance
  • More frequent repairs
  • An overall decline in efficiency – especially if your furnace is over 15-20 years old

Consulting with a professional for an assessment can help determine if it’s time for a new furnace.

When should I schedule furnace maintenance?

Routine maintenance is crucial to ensure furnace reliability and efficiency. We recommend scheduling a professional furnace inspection and maintenance at least once a year, ideally before the beginning of the heating season. Regular service is essential for identifying potential issues early to ensure optimal furnace performance.

By answering these common heating questions, you can better navigate your furnace’s needs, optimize its performance, and create a cozy environment for you and your family this winter. To schedule your furnace maintenance and repair appointment in the Birmingham metro area, give Standard a call at (205) 386-4001

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