At this time of year, many things start to be added to our “To to-do list” to prepare for winter. Raking leaves, cleaning gutters, disconnecting hoses, and ensuring the snow blower starts are just a few. What about having your furnace inspected? Now is the time to schedule your appointment.
We’ve all seen the news reports about heating systems that go out and repair backlogs that occur with frigid temperatures.
Here are some benefits to getting your furnace inspected now.
1. Uncover minor problems.
Proper maintenance now is necessary to avoid expensive repairs in the future. If a small problem is detected now, the appropriate part(s) can be ordered and replaced promptly. If a problem occurs during the winter when you need your furnace most, hourly rates will likely be higher, and you’ll likely be more frustrated with the process. Here are some things an inspection could uncover.
- Water leaks
- Frequent shut-offs
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Fluctuating energy bills
2. Maintain efficiency.
Like other mechanical items, a furnace has moving parts. A certified HVAC technician can inspect the moving parts and lubricate, clean, or replace them so your system runs as efficiently as possible.
3. Reduce heating expenses.
If a furnace is poorly maintained, it can work overtime. The more your furnace runs, the more you pay your utility company. A properly-tuned furnace will run more efficiently, thus reducing your heating bills.
4. Extends the life of the furnace.
After years of neglect, things break down. You may get the most out of your furnace by properly maintaining it. Let’s face it. If you have lived in your home long enough or bought an older home, this is one item you’ll need to replace. However, there’s no reason to replace it sooner than you have to.
Here are some furnace safety tips
1. Keep flammable objects away from your furnace.
This tip seems obvious. Nevertheless, if your utility room is anything like mine, things are shuffled around as we go through the different seasons, and it never seems quite big enough.
2. Make sure your exhaust flue is clear.
My exhaust flue is on the side of my house by the hose bib, so I always see it. However, if you don’t see yours regularly, make sure it’s clear of debris and other obstructions. It’s imperative to keep an eye on it during the winter months. Snowdrifts can pile up and prevent exhaust from leaving your house correctly.
3. Change your filter regularly.
Clean filters can help your furnace run more efficiently. Experts recommend changing your filter monthly.
4. Install carbon monoxide detectors.
Cars, water heaters, a furnace, and a fireplace produce carbon monoxide. If you don’t have one installed in your home, buy one. Experts recommend having one on every floor of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors range in price and can be plugged into a wall outlet.
Remember to test your smoke detectors and change the batteries if needed.