As a plumbing and heating company in Massachusetts, we understand the importance of keeping your home warm during the winter months. One of the most important factors in achieving this is maintaining your gas furnace. In this article, we will provide some tips for maintaining your gas furnace to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

The first and most important tip is to have your furnace inspected and serviced regularly. We recommend having a professional perform this service annually to ensure your furnace is running efficiently and safely. This is also a good opportunity for the professional to identify any potential issues before they become bigger, more expensive problems.

As a licensed plumbing and heating company, we take safety very seriously. It is important to note that gas furnaces can be dangerous if not properly maintained or if there is a gas leak. If you suspect a gas leak, leave your home immediately and call your gas company. Do not try to locate the leak yourself, as this can be extremely dangerous.

In addition to regular professional maintenance, there are some things you can do to maintain your gas furnace yourself. One of the easiest things you can do is to regularly change the air filter. This should be done every one to three months, depending on usage and the type of filter you have. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to work harder and less efficiently, which can increase your energy bills and reduce the lifespan of your furnace.

Another tip is to keep the area around your furnace clear and clean. This includes removing any clutter or debris that may be near the furnace, as well as dusting and vacuuming the area regularly. This will help prevent any potential fire hazards and allow your furnace to work more efficiently.

It is also important to ensure that your thermostat is working properly. If your thermostat is not working correctly, your furnace may not turn on or off when it should, leading to wasted energy and higher bills. If you suspect your thermostat is not working correctly, it may need to be replaced or recalibrated.

Make sure that your home is properly insulated. If your home is not well insulated, you may be losing heat through the walls, ceilings, and floors, which can make your furnace work harder and less efficiently. This can also lead to higher energy bills. There are many ways to improve your home’s insulation, including adding insulation to walls and attics, weather-stripping doors and windows, and sealing air leaks.

Maintaining your gas furnace is essential to keeping your home warm and comfortable during the winter months. Regular professional maintenance, along with some simple DIY maintenance tips, can help keep your furnace running efficiently and safely. If you suspect any issues with your furnace, do not hesitate to contact a licensed professional for help.

As a licensed plumbing and heating company, J Griffin Heating and Plumbing is here to help with all of your furnace maintenance needs. Give us a call at 781-520-1212 or follow us on Facebook at  for more information and to schedule a service appointment.