How to Keep Your Chicago Home Comfortable This Winter03/15/2017Maintaining your furnace is vital to keeping it functioning well and keeping you and your family warm during the Chicago winter. If you already called iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning for your annual tune-up, you’re certainly on top of things. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Call us at 773-704-0640 to get one scheduled. There are many straightforward things you can do in between professional tune-ups to improve the efficiency of your furnace and keep it operating in the best shape. Try these furnace maintenance tips: Yes, we’ve said it before, but we can’t highlight this enough: check your filters often and clean or change them when recommended. This is such a simple way to improve the airflow through your furnace and uphold peak efficiency. Keep all your vents and cool air returns clear of barriers. This includes keeping any ventilation outside of your home clear. Test your thermostat frequently to confirm that it’s working properly. Merely turn it on and slowly 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 gathering around your cool air returns or a lot of debris within your ducts, contemplate having your ducts expertly cleaned. To find out more about duct cleaning and how to determine if it’s time to hire someone, go to our blog on duct cleaning. Keeping you and your family warm and comfortable matters to us. For more thoughts on DIY furnace maintenance or to arrange a tune-up with one of our pros, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning at 773-704-0640 or plan an appointment online. We’re happy to help!