How Long Should It Take My Furnace to Heat My House?
When the temperatures are in the dregs of winter in Lubbock, Texas, no one wants to be without heat or have a heating system that is working only halfway, making you feel the chill of the cold nights. To be as comfortable as possible, you want your furnace to run when needed and reach the temperature you have set on the thermostat. But the real question is, how long should it take your furnace to heat your home? Furnace maintenance is no joke!
What do you do when your home is not warm, and neither are you? If it seems like your furnace is not performing as it should and the length of time it takes to fully make your house feel cozy and warm is getting longer and longer, maybe the time has come to call a professional for help.
Before we get to that, let’s explore how long it should take for your furnace to heat your home and what factors may affect the actual ambient temperature in your home.
Under normal circumstances, once your furnace comes on it should take approximately one hour to increase the temperature by one degree. After that, it typically takes 45 minutes for each additional degree.
If you still feel chilly even after your furnace has been cycling for an hour, or you notice cold spots in various areas of your home, something may be wrong. Better call Armstrong!
A dirty air filter could be the cause of the furnace not heating properly. Air flow is restricted when air filters need to be changed. You should also check that the air supply vents are fully open and not blocked by furniture or other objects.
If airflow is good but you still feel cold, there could be a problem with the thermostat. Try raising the setting on the thermostat to see if the furnace kicks on to reach the new level. If nothing happens, you may need a replacement.
There is also the possibility there is a problem with the furnace itself. One way to ensure your furnace is always in top condition and ready when needed, is to schedule regular furnace maintenance completed by a professional HVAC technician like those employed by Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric.
Whatever heating system or furnace repair you need, Armstrong has staff ready to help with the experience and knowledge needed to solve your particular challenge.