The leaves are turning colors, there’s a nip in the air and everyone’s talking about football. These are the signs it’s time to schedule furnace maintenance. But is this preventative step really important or can you just skip it this year? Learn the benefits of furnace maintenance and the negative consequences you can avoid by making it an annual habit.
Improved safety – Furnaces are combustion appliances, meaning they burn fossil fuel to produce heat. A byproduct of this combustion is carbon monoxide. If the heat exchanger becomes cracked or the ventilation system malfunctions, your family could be in danger without you even knowing it. Furnace maintenance finds and corrects these problems to improve safety.
Increased energy efficiency – The cost of a furnace tune-up usually pays for itself over the coming months by lowering your heating bills. That’s because maintenance tasks such as cleaning the burners, lubricating moving parts, and changing the air filter increase energy efficiency.
Lower impact on the environment – Saving energy lowers your bills, which is great news, but it also benefits the environment. Any step you can take to lower the amount of energy you consume in your home is a step in the right direction.
Catch problems early – When something starts to go wrong with your furnace, often the only way to tell is if the equipment starts acting up. A cracked or fraying belt may remain hidden until it breaks completely and wreaks havoc on other furnace components. By scheduling a furnace tune-up, the technician can catch the problem early and fix it before it causes damage.
Uphold the manufacturer’s warranty – If your furnace is still under warranty, the manufacturer probably requires annual maintenance performed by a licensed HVAC technician to prevent voiding the warranty.
There are many consequences your heating system may face if you choose to forego annual furnace maintenance. Two of the most significant repercussions include:
Inconvenient breakdowns – There’s no good time for your furnace to break down, but if you skip maintenance this year, it’s more likely your furnace will stop working when it’s pushed to its limit during a New Jersey blizzard. Untimely, breakdowns are far less common if you maintain your furnace properly.
Shorter system life – If you want to skip furnace maintenance this year to save money, consider that a neglected furnace is likely to reach the end of its lifespan years sooner than a well maintained one. Prolong system life and save thousands on replacement costs with annual maintenance.
Now that you understand why furnace maintenance is necessary, you may be ready to schedule a visit from an HVAC pro. At Air Professionals Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide quality, affordable furnace tune-ups.
To enter the heating season with confidence this year, schedule a maintenance visit from us today.