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Furnace Care 101

We have had an outstanding summer here in the GTA, which makes it all the more difficult to accept that the warmest days are behind us and the cooler days are ahead. For homeowners, this seasonal shift also means a shift in focus away from cooling the home to heating it.  Although the state of your furnace was probably the last thing on your mind after this hot summer, it is time to give it some thought.

A well maintained furnace is the key to a comfortable home this winter and in order to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises, sat down with Chris Martin of Martino HVAC, who shared with us some furnace maintenance tips that no home owner should be without.

Commit to Annual Inspection: “ First things first, your furnace should be properly inspected at least once a year by a trained professional.” Martin explains. Annual furnace tune-ups are important to ensure safety and functioning and will allow your furnace to operate at the highest possibly efficiency, which means cost savings for you in the long-haul.

Enjoy the Cost Savings: “There are multiple ways that furnace maintenance can save you money, starting with cutting down your gas and hydro bills, but also consider how much you will save by preventing breakdowns during peak season and extending the life of the product.” Martin explains. Preventative maintenance is a vital consideration for your furnace; given how expensive and uncomfortable it would be if an improperly maintained furnace were to break down right in the middle of winter.

Treat It Like a Car: “We like to think that your furnace is just like a car, you change your cars oil every 3-4 months and you should change your furnace’s air filter just as frequently.” Martin explains. Proper filter replacement practices will reduce the strain on your furnace and will help improve the air quality in your home, especially if you have pets. The good news is that you don’t need to purchase the more expensive filter varieties on the market as the standard MERV 8 filters are actually the most optimal choice for the majority of systems out there.

Fall is the perfect opportunity to have your furnace inspected before its workload picks up this winter. Why not count on Martino HVAC, a family run business with over 25 years of industry experience serving the GTA. Ready to get your furnace inspected? You can request service or a quote by visiting their listings here on

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