What should I look for in a furnace cleaning?
When hiring a professional to clean your furnace, it’s important to ensure they are thorough and follow proper procedures. Here are some things to look for:
Inspection of the furnace and ventilation system: The technician should inspect the furnace, including the burners, heat exchanger, and blower, as well as the ventilation system, including the ducts and vents, for any issues that may need to be addressed.
Cleaning of the furnace and ventilation system: The technician should clean the furnace, including the burners, heat exchanger, and blower, as well as the ventilation system, including the ducts and vents, to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may be blocking the flow of air or reducing efficiency.
Testing and adjusting the furnace: The technician should test the furnace to ensure that it is operating efficiently and safely, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it is running at optimal performance.
Providing maintenance recommendations: The technician should provide recommendations for any maintenance or repairs that may be needed to keep the furnace running safely and efficiently.
It’s also a good idea to ask for references and check for any customer complaints or disciplinary actions against the company or technician.
High Efficient Furnaces Require More Frequent Cleaning
A gas furnace is considered high-efficient if it has an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or above. This rating measures the amount of fuel that is converted into usable heat, with a higher AFUE indicating that more of the fuel is being used efficiently. High-efficient gas furnaces also typically have features such as sealed combustion systems and multi-stage burners that help to further improve their efficiency. Some high-efficient gas furnaces may also be eligible for energy-efficiency tax credits or other incentives. They have a secondary heat exchanger that gets clogged faster than in a standard furnace and requires more frequent cleaning.