Before you embark on a road trip, no doubt you have your car, truck, or RV serviced. As part of your trip preparation, you probably have the tires checked, oil changed, spark plugs checked, fluids topped off, and other services completed. The reason that many of us do this before we hit the road is to ensure that our vehicle can meet the demands of long-distance travel. Likewise, to get your furnace ready for the increased demands of winter weather, you’ll want to have your equipment serviced this fall.
Depending on where you live, the winter can bring cold temperatures, icy conditions, and snowfall. All of these winter conditions can place serious demands on your heating system as it tries to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home. As the workhorse of your house this winter, you’ll want to ensure that your furnace is ready to stand up against the cold weather. Regular maintenance every fall can help your furnace get ready for each winter and make sure that it runs effectively.
Many homeowners forget to have their furnace serviced and neglect annual maintenance altogether. As a result, they risk system failure, uncomfortable indoor temperatures, and even safety issues. On the other hand, those who schedule furnace maintenance this fall can enjoy numerous benefits. Let’s take a look at some important reasons why you should invest in annual fall furnace maintenance.
1. Lower Energy Bills
The average utility bill in the U.S. is around $115 per month. However, it is expected that energy costs will fluctuate with the changing HVAC needs of each season. An inefficient heating system could have a significant impact on your energy usage and costs. In the winter, your furnace could account for almost half of your monthly energy bills. As a result, you will want to ensure that your equipment is running at peak efficiency to save you the most money. The best way to improve system efficiency is to perform regular annual maintenance. A qualified HVAC technician will tune-up your furnace, clean the equipment, and repair any minor issues that could cause it to work harder. Routine maintenance this fall could ensure that your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.
2. Ensured Safety
Over the course of the year, your system can develop several issues that require attention and repair before operation next winter. Due to the complexities and processes required for furnace operation, some of these issues could create safety problems. An unsafe furnace could pose serious risks to your health and the safety of your home. Faulty wiring, blocked vents, and dirty burners could create potential fire risks that could threaten your home. Aside from fire hazards, your furnace could also create an unnoticeable health concern. A cracked heat exchanger could create carbon monoxide leaks that are very dangerous for your health. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so it often goes undetected until you begin to experience symptoms of exposure. Regular maintenance will help identify and repair any issues that could cause your furnace to be unsafe.
3. Fewer Repairs
As discussed, several minor issues can occur inside of your furnace as a result of normal operation. If left alone, these problems could turn into larger issues that could cause system breakdowns or equipment failure. Investing in regular annual furnace maintenance will allow a technician to address any minor issues that could threaten your system. When your furnace fails, you could face costly repairs and uncomfortable indoor temperatures. Annual maintenance this fall could help you avoid the unexpected this winter.
During the cold winter months, you want to have peace of mind knowing that your furnace will run safely and correctly. Scheduling furnace maintenance this fall will help you avoid repairs, lower your energy costs, and ensure that your equipment is safe.