While thinking about your home’s furnace isn’t exactly top of mind for you this time of year with the kids back in school and the holidays just around the corner, it IS important to take time to consider this vital home appliance. After all, your family depends on it to stay warm and cozy during the chillier months of the year.
So, even though you may have yet to turn your furnace on this season, colder temperatures will be here before you know it, and you will benefit from scheduling heating maintenance now before the worst of the season arrives.
Benefits of annual heating maintenance
Decrease in energy bills
With routine maintenance, your furnace will be cleaner and run more efficiently. A heating system that isn’t properly taken care of will likely be dirty and dusty, which can impede the overall functionality of your system and cause premature wear and tear on internal components.
When your furnace is clean, it runs more smoothly without having to work overtime to keep your home warm. This means that you will be using less energy, something that may be reflected in lower energy bills. Along with annual maintenance, be sure to change your furnace filter regularly. Check your unit’s owner’s manual for more information about how often you need to swap it out, as well as specs for the replacement filter you will need.
The winter season is when your home’s furnace is working the hardest. Think of how often your heating system cycles on and off throughout the day when your home is experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season.
With your unit working this hard to keep your family comfortable, it’s no surprise that there will be extra strain placed on the furnace’s internal working components. If these parts were already worn out at the start of the heating season, it’s only a matter of time before your furnace experiences a complete breakdown – leaving your family in the cold.
During a maintenance appointment, a professional will inspect your system and be able to determine if any parts need to be replaced. If they do, you can get them taken care of before your family is left with a cold and uncomfortable home in the dead of winter.
Increased lifespan for your furnace
Regular maintenance for your furnace will help to keep it running efficiently all season long, and for (hopefully) many years to come. When your heating system doesn’t have to try and meet the temperature demands set by your thermostat with dirty, dusty, malfunctioning, past-their-prime components, you help to increase the lifespan of your unit significantly.
Safer heating system
A well-maintained heater is a safer heater. If there are any issues with malfunctioning components that could result in a gas or carbon monoxide leak, the technician would spot these during a maintenance appointment and be able to address the issue before it turns into an emergency for your family.
Additionally, as mentioned above, it’s important to have your unit routinely maintained to ensure it’s free of dirt and dust build-up. When your unit is free of these contaminants, fresher, cleaner air will be blown throughout your home, improving your overall indoor air quality. This is great news for allergy-sufferers and individuals who have compromised immune systems.
Need to find a reputable, experienced heating professional?
At Oncourse Home Solutions, we offer an affordable Heating Maintenance Plan which includes an annual system tune-up. All maintenance work is performed by trained, experienced, and pre-qualified professionals that you can trust in your home.
Want more information or need to sign up? Visit us online or give us a call!