It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this time of year is busy and stressful for many people. Thanksgiving is almost here, and you may feel rushed to get your home ready to entertain family and friends. You may also be busy getting your holiday shopping started, making sure your kids have cold-weather clothes and gear before winter, and you might also be swamped with year-end goals at work.
It’s no shock that you may have overlooked the prep work needed to make sure your home itself is ready for the cold temperatures ahead. While it may not be bitterly cold just yet, you’ll want to be sure that your home’s prepared for when winter finally arrives. This means that, above all else, your home’s heating system needs to be in tip-top shape.
Your furnace is responsible for keeping your home warm and toasty, even on the coldest days of the season. If it’s not working efficiently to heat your home, you may contend with higher energy bills and a cold/miserable family. Neither of these things is something you want to deal with when you’re already handling so many other tasks and to-dos.
So, what can you do to prevent an untimely furnace breakdown and make sure your heater continues to warm your home throughout the fall and winter? Schedule furnace maintenance!
How often do I really need to have my furnace tuned-up?
The answer is once per year. Expert heating technicians recommend having your home’s heating system inspected and cleaned by a professional on an annual basis. Even if it seems like your furnace is operating just fine now, it may have dirt and dust inside, or it may have an underlying problem that just hasn’t made itself known yet.
A skilled and experienced HVAC technician will be able to thoroughly clean and inspect all working components inside your system to make sure that everything is operating as efficiently as possible. This won’t just make for a warm and comfortable home, but it will also help to ensure your energy bills each month aren’t any higher than needed.
Your family’s safety
In addition to checking the components inside of your heating system for overall efficiency, the professional technician performing the tune-up in your home will also check to see if the unit is running safely. If your unit operates on natural gas, your technician will check for any potential natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide (CO) leaks, wiring issues, and more. If any problem is found, it should be addressed right away before the health and well-being of your loved ones is put in danger.
Who should I call for furnace maintenance?
At Oncourse Home Solutions, we offer an affordable Heating Maintenance Plan for a low monthly price. When you’re enrolled in the plan, you’re entitled to one annual tune-up appointment for a furnace at your home. Your furnace maintenance appointment will include a 20-point inspection of your unit, which includes the following and much more:
- Clean and adjust burners and pilot.
- Check heat exchanger cells.
- Clean and check blower assembly.
- Check air filter.
- Check for furnace noises or vibrations.
- Check that safeties operate.
- Check heating unit venting and drafting.
- Visual inspection of water heater.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks.
- Replace thermocouple if needed.
Ready to sign up?
Give us a call at 888-801-5057, or you can enroll on our website. Simply enter your ZIP code in the form in the upper right corner of the site to get started.