How To Clean Your Furnace Cabinet And Tape Your Air Ducts
There are a few things you can do to maximize airflow so you can heat your house more evenly. You don't need to invest in supplemental heating sources, like ductless heat pumps or space heaters to add heat to your home. Instead, you should first try to improve the efficiency of your furnace and duct system. This article explains how you can make your furnace more efficient and your ducts more airtight.
Cleaning Inside Your Furnace Cabinet
A quick cleaning inside your furnace cabinet can have a few long term benefits. First of all, it will lengthen the lifespan of your air filters. With cleaner air flowing through the vital components in your furnace, you will also end up with cleaner air in your ducts and in your rooms. Usually, vacuuming out your furnace cabinet will get rid of all of the problematic dust. However, you might need to wipe dow surfaces with a moist rag. Try to avoid using any liquid cleaners inside the furnace cabinet. There are some vital components and connections inside the furnace cabinet that need to be checked. For instance, you want to make sure that the output connections to the duct system are tight and not blocked by any dust. Be careful when cleaning near any electrical cords, because you don't want to knock anything loose.
Taping Your Duct Connections
It is also important that you check all the output ducts that connect your furnace to the walls. Most of the ducts are within the walls of your home. But, the vital duct sections on the outside of your walls can get moved, knocked, and dislodged in a number of ways. Homeowners obviously tend to store things near their furnaces because they are usually located in utility rooms, storage rooms, basements, and garages. So, it is very common for these vital connections to get knocked around.
Some aluminum duct tape can be the perfect solution to loose and leaky ducts. By adding tape to loose seams, you can make your ducts airtight and increase airflow to your rooms.
As you can see, this is simple furnace maintenance that you can go and do right now. And, you don't need to be an HVAC technician or licensed contractor to do this basic work. These tasks might not drastically increase the efficiency of your system at once, but they can improve it significantly in the long run.