Many families take a vacation to get away from work and school at some point during the year. Usually, during the summer, vacations take families all over the United States. If you plan on driving a long distance for your family vacation, more than likely, you have your car serviced a few days before the trip. You probably have the oil changed, the tires checked, and the engine inspected. This routine maintenance appointment gives you peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will be comfortable, reliable, and safe for your vacation. Similarly, before the winter months and harsh temperatures arrive, why not spend the same amount of time and energy getting your furnace ready to ensure that your home is comfortable, reliable, and safe.
Throughout the year, homeowners perform various maintenance tasks on their HVAC systems to ensure they are running properly. From changing air filters regularly to cutting back foliage around outside units, there are a few things that you probably do for HVAC equipment. However, when it comes to regular service, do you give your furnace the same treatment as you did your car before the family vacation?
Many homeowners neglect regular furnace maintenance. Unfortunately, this can lead to system inefficiencies, premature equipment failure, or costly repairs and safety issues. Let’s take a look at the benefits of professional furnace maintenance.
1. Increased Efficiency
One of the major benefits that homeowners see after a professional furnace tune-up is increased efficiency. From improved airflow to lower energy bills, there are several improvements that you might notice after a regular maintenance appointment. Over a normal year, normal wear and tear can take a toll on your furnace. Things such as small leaks, minor cracks, worn belts, and a buildup of dirt and dust can develop inside your system due to normal use. While these problems may not interrupt the operation of your furnace, they may cause it to work harder to heat your home.
If your system is experiencing efficiency issues, you may begin to notice airflow problems as well as inconsistent temperatures. As your system works to overcome problems, it will take more energy to heat your home. This will lead to higher utility bills. Professional furnace maintenance will help to address these issues to ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency.
2. Extended Lifespan
The average furnace equipment is expected to last around 20 years. With regular preventative maintenance, however, you might be able to extend the life of your unit by several years. Most experts recommend that you have annual maintenance performed by a service technician every fall. Depending on your location, the winter months could place heavy demands on your furnace. Fall is the best time to get professional maintenance to address any problems and tune-up your equipment before the heating season. Routine maintenance service is similar to having work done on your car before the road trip. An HVAC technician will inspect and clean your equipment and perform routine service to ensure that your system runs well this winter and many more to come.
3. Fewer Problems
Just as regular service can extend the life of your furnace, neglect can lead to the need for major repairs or even premature equipment replacement. As discussed, many units develop small problems throughout normal use. These small problems can eventually turn into major issues that could leave you in the cold this winter if left unresolved. Additionally, wear and tear can lead to safety issues that could pose a threat to your home or your family’s health. Regular maintenance will ensure that any mechanical or safety issues are identified and addressed before they turn into larger issues.
Just as you service your car to ensure that it is safe and reliable, you want to have your furnace regularly evaluated to avoid any problems. Professional furnace maintenance can ensure that your equipment delivers efficient, reliable warm air all winter long.