Your furnace needs some tender love and care

What’s the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind when they wake up in the morning on a cold winter day? Probably how they’re going to keep warm – what sweater they will put on, how high to turn the heat up, what blankets they should keep handy. And that’s the smart thing to do.

But there’s something missing. Throughout the day while you’re staying warm, something is working really hard to make it so you are able to have that warmth and comfort – your furnace.

So now is the time to start thinking about not only the fact that it will keep you warm, but how you can help it do so. And how do you do that? By keeping it properly maintained each year.

If you have the willpower and want to tackle this yourself, here’s a few things you can do:

  1. Clean it: Dirt is your furnace’s biggest enemy. It can get into the system and cause it to waste fuel and overheat. 
  2. Check the pilot light: If it’s not burning, follow the instructions to relight it. If you have trouble doing that, call a professional.
  3. Check the flue for gaps or dents: It needs a clear vent path to the outdoors so it needs to be free of any obstructions.

Furnace Cleaning and Tune Up, with Carbon Monoxide Safety Inspection

A furnace cleaning and tune up will only do so much. The technician can come in and clean all the parts, check the wiring, make sure the thermostat is correct, but what happens if something isn’t right? It might be a minor repair, but who knows if that small problem will lead to bigger ones down the road. This is why you have a furnace cleaning and tune up – to catch the small stuff. But if you want to get a head start to ensure your furnace will not break down in the middle of winter, then replacement is the best option.

If you install a new Nicor Gas high-efficiency furnace between October 2013 and May 31, 2014, you’ll receive one of these rebates:

  • Installing one with 97% or higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) receives a $400 rebate
  • 95% AFUE receives $300 rebate
  • 92% or lower AFUE receives $200 rebate

All rebate applications must be postmarked or submitted online within 90 days of installation, or by June 30, 2014.