22 Jan Denver Heating and Cooling Tips— Four Ways to Maintain a Gas Furnace
“Natural-gas transported by the Rockies Express Pipeline soared to an average 1.17 billion cubic feet per day this month to meet demand from the Northeast.
This month’s increased gas flow stands in contrast to the average 800 million cubic feet per day transported during the same period last year. The pipeline has capacity to carry as much as 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Nationwide, natural gas delivered to consumers nationwide hit a record 134.3 billion cubic feet Tuesday before tapering to 120.4 billion cubic feet Wednesday. In the Northeast, demand surged to 28.8 billion cubic feet Tuesday.
“When cold strikes and more people are connected to the system, you have more systemic gas demand, so it becomes a pipeline capacity issue,” said Jack Weixel, director of Energy Analysis for Bentek Energy in Denver, the oil and gas analysis unit of Platts.”
A gas furnace is designed to last several years—high quality ones, for decades. However, historic low temperatures are causing homeowners to use their gas furnaces too much, which can significantly affect furnace performance and lifespan. Along with regular preventive maintenance from a Denver heating and cooling professional, the following tips can help prevent expensive repairs and allow your furnace to run efficiently for as long as possible.
Replace the air filter regularly
An air filter prevents dust and other debris from entering the furnace by trapping them in its weave. If too much of these get into the furnace, they can cause operational problems or get distributed throughout the home. To ensure problems like these don’t surface, replace your air filter at least once during the cold winter months when furnace usage is heavy.
Clean the furnace from the inside
It’s the furnace filter’s job to capture the dirt and debris from the air that enters it, but still, some can get through. Gain access to the furnace’s blower assembly, belts, and pulleys and clean them. Use a damp cloth.
Get an inspection
Have your furnace inspected at the beginning and end of the heating season. If you have an air conditioner, it will be wise to have both your furnace and A/C system inspected at the same time. Furnace and A/C inspections are done by trusted Denver heating and air conditioning companies like Total Plumbing, Inc.
(Article Information and Image from Colorado gas producers help meet cold weather demand, Northern Colorado Business Report, Jan 8, 2014)