Cold winter mornings are great to sip coffee or tea, for looking at frost on leaves and for snuggling up under blankets. What it’s not a great time for is a furnace malfunction. While a little chill is nice, a lot of chill is downright uncomfortable and potentially dangerous! We always recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure everything is running smoothly, but 75% of our winter calls are still for emergency maintenance. We really want to help you avoid calling us this winter, so here are four great reasons not to skip regular furnace maintenance.
- Prevent meltdowns!
If you’re hosting a party or family for the holidays, the last thing you need on a cold winter morning is your furnace not working. Your family and furnace will both thank you for avoiding big problems with regular preventive maintenance. Taking a little time to inspect your furnace and do some cleaning and repair work can help extend the lifetime of your entire system and help you avoid stress during an already stressful time of year!
- Increase your furnace’s efficiency.
During extreme temperature months like summer and winter, the HVAC system is often running around the clock. That can rack up a huge energy bill if you aren’t careful. Having a smart thermostat is one way to make sure you’re saving money, because it can track how much time it takes for your home to reach a desired temperature, which then tells you how efficient your system is. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, one of our technicians can do that for you, and can make the appropriate repairs to make sure your system is at it’s optimal functionality. Increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system means you’ll spend less time heating and cooling your home, and more time enjoying the comforts of your family, friends, and the savings on your energy bill!
- Extend the life of your unit.
We touched on this in #2, but we believe this tip so important that we’re making giving it it’s own number! 75 seems to be the magical number when we’re talking winter HVAC systems, because it’s also the percentage of furnace malfunctions that could have been prevented by regular maintenance. A lot of those malfunctions result in the need for a more extensive repair or entire system replacement - thousands of dollars worth of parts and maintenance - and it could all be avoided by a $60-$100 yearly repair. The average HVAC system lasts 10-15 years, but that doesn’t mean you should go that long without any maintenance. You wouldn’t let your car go 10 or 15 years without changing the oil or replacing the tires, would you? Don’t expect your furnace to go that long, either, without appropriate care.
- Protect your home against carbon monoxide hazards.
While we want your unit to last as long as possible, the most important reason to have your furnace regularly serviced has to do with your health and safety. The biggest reason we tell everyone to perform annual furnace maintenance is because of the hazards that carbon monoxide causes to your family and your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless but highly toxic gas. It is also the by product of your gas furnace heating the air entering your home. With long-term use there is the chance of your exhaust flue or combustion chamber corroding, which can cause CO2 to leak into your home. If you aren’t sure, or haven’t checked your furnace lately, please call your HVAC service technician and test your CO2 detector to make sure it’s functioning properly.