The safety and comfort of your home is important to you and your family. One way to ensure that your home remains a haven, and that you are spending your energy money wisely, is to have an annual inspection and maintenance visit from a qualified heating and air conditioning technician. The technician will ensure that your system is operating correctly and efficiently by checking specific items that need to be repaired or replaced in time for the next season.
Regular heating inspection and maintenance is not only recommended by furnace manufacturers – it can save you money in the long run and also save your life!
Poorly maintained gas furnaces can emit unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which can be deadly if not detected. This is most often caused by furnaces in which the dust has built up to prevent adequate air flow, or lack of maintenance leading to cracks in the heat exchanger. Your technician can clean the inside of the furnace, check for cracks and leaks, and ensure that safety devices are functioning properly.
Dirt build-up during inactivity can also impact the efficiency with which your furnace operates. It affects the filter system, the blower and the motor. If any of these three components of your furnace is not operating properly, you could be paying unnecessarily high electric or gas bills. Dirt can compromise even the best furnace and cause it to underperform.
It can be very expensive to replace a furnace, and it’s an expense that can be avoided with annual preventative maintenance.
Manufacturers also understand how important it is to maintain your furnace
Manufacturer’s warranties require regular maintenance by a qualified technician. If there is a serious problem with your heating system and you are unable to prove that the equipment was inspected annually, the manufacturer’s warranty may be voided, and you could be left with the bill for replacement or repair.
It’s also good to know that there is something you can do to keep your furnace healthy between maintenance visits
Changing the air filter is the most important and inexpensive, thing to do on a regular basis to ensure your furnace’s longevity. Dirty filters can require the fan motor to work harder than necessary, which could burn out the motor. Filters are also responsible for your indoor air quality, which could be compromised allowing them to get clogged with dirt and dust. Most manufacturers recommend a filter change every three months, but if there are children, anyone with allergies or asthma, pets or smokers in the home, monthly filter changes may be necessary.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that certainly is the case with your furnace. You can save yourself money and frustration by having your furnace or air handler regularly inspected and maintained by a qualified professional.