The Importance of Heating and Furnace Maintenance Before Winter

Before another harsh winter comes, the most crucial thing you can do for your family is to get your furnace in an energy-efficient, safe working condition. When the first cold snap hits, you certainly don’t want to turn the heat on — only to find that it’s not working. Your furnace can be affected by many things that happen during the offseason, so it’s best to be prepared. Here, you’ll learn about seasonal furnace inspections and their benefits.

Why Is It So Important to Get a Pre-Season Furnace Inspection?

Much like your car or any other machine, regular maintenance and inspection services will prevent furnace problems. Without regular upkeep, your home’s heating system won’t work as effectively, and in severe cases, it may stop working entirely. We offer no-obligation inspection and furnace repair services to help local families get a head start on the colder seasons.

Professional maintenance involves more than a quick once-over. Proper care provides a few crucial benefits that help keep your stress levels and heating costs under control during the winter. In the sections below, we’ll list the benefits of seasonal heating system maintenance.

Extending Your Heating System’s Lifespan

Most of today’s home heating systems have an air filter behind a wall-mounted vent grille or a single filter in the system itself. No matter which type of filter you have, it’s essential to change it regularly; while some suggest changing it every three months, you may need to do it more frequently if you’re living in a dry, dusty climate. Replacing or cleaning your furnace filter will keep harmful particles out of the system, and it will extend the unit’s lifespan.

Preventing Fire Hazards

With regular maintenance, you’ll find it easier to keep the space around the heating unit free of clutter and debris. Before the technician arrives, remove any nearby stored items, especially those that may catch fire. It’s also a good idea to remove household items that sit in front of or on top of return vents and air ducts. Regular furnace maintenance doesn’t just keep the home cleaner; it also reduces the risk of a dangerous fire.

Keeping The Family Warm

It’s never a good thing when you turn the furnace on during winter, only to find that there’s cold air coming out. Though some problems can be resolved by changing the thermostat’s settings, others require professional intervention. If changing the thermostat doesn’t make the heat come on, it’s time to call for maintenance. By scheduling your seasonal heating repair service in advance, you’re more likely to stay warm during the coldest months of the year.

Saving Money on Energy Bills

For most families, the installation of a programmable thermostat will bring substantial savings on monthly utility bills. These devices allow users to set the furnace’s temperature level according to various conditions. For example, you can program a thermostat to raise the temperature at night when everyone’s home and lower it when the family is away at work or school.

Programmable thermostat technology has seen some significant improvements over the past few years. We can now control these thermostats from anywhere there’s a stable internet connection, and we can also program them weeks in advance. According to information from the Consumer Energy Center, users can save up to 75% on their heating units’ operating costs by installing programmable thermostats.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Leaks

With regular HVAC maintenance before winter arrives, you’ll be able to detect heat exchanger issues before they become serious. Your technician will brush and vacuum out the heat exchanger while looking for cracks that may one day let carbon monoxide into the home.

Keeping Dirty Air Out of the Home

The warm air from a furnace reaches you via vents and ductwork, and a seasonal professional cleaning will remove any lingering debris and dust. A technician will remove your system’s vent covers and use special equipment to get rid of airborne contaminants that may be in the home’s ducts. During the service call, the tech will also examine the outdoor exhaust flue to keep it free of leaves, branches, and other obstructions.

Guaranteeing Better Performance

After a long and hot summer, your home’s HVAC system may find it hard to switch from cooling to heating. With a pre-winter inspection and tune-up, though, you’re assured that your home heating unit will be clean and free of debris and dust that keeps it from doing its job. Not only does a seasonal inspection ensure the family’s wintertime comfort, but it also helps to reduce your monthly power bills.

Minimizing the Risk of Costly Breakdowns

When outside temperatures dip below freezing, the last thing you want is a heating system that doesn’t work. Without indoor heat, your home’s temperature will drop rapidly, and you can only pile on so many layers of clothing. Rather than covering yourself in blankets and sweaters, get your heating system checked out before winter hits. We’ll uncover any unit issues and prevent them from turning into costly and complicated mechanical failures.

Keeping the Warranty in Effect

Most Raleigh homeowners don’t realize this, but many heating and cooling system manufacturers list regular maintenance as a stipulation for continued warranty coverage. If you have not had the unit maintained and it fails, you likely won’t be covered under the warranty’s terms, leaving you responsible for a high (and avoidable) replacement or repair bill. By scheduling your seasonal tune-up with us, you can avoid spending more than you have to.

Your home’s heating and cooling system is designed to offer years of worry-free operation, but like all other machines, it needs occasional repairs and regular maintenance. During a pre-winter inspection, our technicians will change the air filter, clean the unit, evaluate and clean the ductwork, and check for carbon monoxide leaks. We can help you with your heating service and repair needs, so don’t put them off. Visit our website to learn about our products and or call today to request more information on our HVAC service packages.