Heating season is almost here, which means it’s time to get your home ready for the drop in temperature. There are a lot of different ways that you could prepare your home for heating season. The most important, though, is scheduling maintenance for your furnace. If you haven’t already done so, you should call a professional about having your system checked out as soon as possible. This is to safeguard both your wallet, and your health, in the months to come. Let’s go over why furnace maintenance is such an important part of getting ready for the heating season.
Far too many people wait to call for repairs for their furnace until they notice some kind of symptom. Doing that, though, pretty much guarantees that you’re going to be spending more on repair costs once you do have a technician fix the system. By the time a problem progresses far enough along to start showing symptoms, it likely will have already caused a good amount of damage to the furnace. Ideally, you’re going to want to have any furnace issues repaired before they get far enough along to cause any damage. That means scheduling maintenance on a regular basis.
Preventive maintenance appointments provide your technician with the chance to go over your system, find any developing issues, and resolve them before they get any worse. This can reduce the odds of a serious issue damaging your furnace by up to 90%! It can also increase the energy efficiency of your furnace by up to 40%. So, scheduling preventive maintenance at the start of heating season can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repair and energy costs over the life of the furnace.
Gas furnaces, which are by far the most popular heating system type in the country, work by combusting natural gas in a burner assembly. This generates heat, but it also generates a whole bunch of byproducts that are extremely toxic to humans. Why do we use heating systems that produce such dangerous byproducts? Because the furnace is designed to dispose of gasses like carbon monoxide through the heat exchanger. It leaves the home without ever entering the air you breathe. That’s all well and good, but certain problems can make it possible for those poisonous gasses to end up in your home.
That’s another reason why it’s so very important that you schedule furnace maintenance every year. Your technician will make sure that any issues with the furnace, including those that could result in exposure to toxic gases, are dealt with before they can cause you any harm. So, for the sake of your wallet and your own safety, please be sure to schedule maintenance for your system on a consistent basis.
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