Talking Technical: Furnace Maintenance
Your furnace worked fantastically last year. So why is annual furnace maintenance such a big deal? The top technicians at Aire Serv® want you to understand why we’re not just tooting our own horn about pre-season prep. Most homeowner’s don’t understand or appreciate the importance of clean, well-maintained heating system, so we’re here to give you the breakdown - before your system does.
Letting furnace maintenance go to “save money”
Dirt and improper maintenance are primary causes of furnace failure, and professional furnace maintenance, which directly addresses both these issues, can be had for a very small amount of money. Not convinced? Consider these sobering statistics, then look again at those annual professional maintenance costs:
- Half of the energy used in your home is for seasonal heating and cooling.
- Peak performance, which can only be attained by a well-maintained system, can drastically decrease these utility costs – by up to 35%.
- Neglected furnace maintenance causes your system to work harder than it needs to… which leads to it wearing out faster. Average replacement cost? $4,000.
Skipping these annual pre-season maintenance tasks could cost you…
Cleaning essential components
Regular maintenance and cleaning of necessary components saves energy and money, helps your furnace last longer, and improves air quality and comfort in your home. From identifying soot buildup that could ignite a fire to neglected air filter maintenance that could lead to your smothered system working overtime, our local Aire Serv technicians have the knowledge necessary to ensure proper function and protect your system’s efficiency and lifespan.
Checking for ductwork leaks
Leaky ducts can reduce your furnace efficiency by a staggering 20% or more. Ensuring properly connected, sealed, and insulated ductwork is essential to system efficiency - and subsequently comfort levels throughout your home.
Blocked or improperly constructed vents won’t allow your furnace to breathe properly and will effect operation. Neglecting to ensure proper flow can also result in deadly carbon monoxide buildup in your home, making it essential to ensure outside vents are not only properly run, but clear of snow, ice, animal or insect nests, and other blockages.
Inspection of essential components
Your furnace is a complicated piece of machinery. Even seemingly simple issues can result in disastrous consequences. Blocked or improperly operating furnaces, cracks in the heat exchanger or combustion chamber (even those invisible to the naked eye), and more can cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks, making annual professional inspections and properly operating CO detectors a must. Pre-season inspection also protects your system, identifying issues with parts that could potentially lead to more damage (and money) down the road - or leaving you high-and-dry midwinter.
Ensuring proper thermostat function
The brain of your furnace, proper thermostat function is integral to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home as well as controlling energy costs. Tired of the bump it up and down dance or looking for a little extra savings? Discover the benefits of programmable thermostat options.
Why pre-season maintenance?
When it comes to maintenance, it’s never a good idea to be a “last minute Larry.” Weather is comfortable in the fall, and it’s easy for technicians to fit your annual maintenance in – so you don’t become one of the statistics filling up a technician’s winter calendar when all your neighbor’s (who didn’t opt for pre-season maintenance) suffer performance problems mid-snowstorm.
Save time, money, and ensure safety and comfort
Contact Aire Serv today to schedule annual pre-season furnace maintenance and ensure your system is performing at its peak before winter weather starts throwing its worst your way. Your wallet – and your family – will thank you.