At this time of year, there are many things on the “To Do List” to get ready for winter weather. Raking leaves, cleaning gutters, disconnecting hoses, and making sure the snow blower starts are just a few. What about having your furnace inspected? Now is the perfect time to schedule your appointment.
We’ve all seen the news reports about heating systems that go out and repair backlogs that occur with extreme cold temperatures. Here are some benefits to getting your furnace inspected now.
- Uncover small problems. Neglecting proper maintenance now can lead to expensive repairs in the future. If a small problem is detected now, the proper part(s) can be ordered and replaced in a timely manner. 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.
- 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 is running as efficiently as it can.
- Reduce heating expense. If a furnace is poorly maintained, it can work overtime. The more your furnace runs, the more money you pay your utility company. A properly-tuned furnace will run more efficiently, thus reducing your heating bills.
- Extends the life of the furnace. After years of neglect, things break down. By properly maintaining your furnace, you may be able to get the most out of it. Let’s face it. If you live in your home long enough, or buy 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.
Furnace Safety Tips
- Keep flammable objects away from your furnace. I know 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.
- Make sure your exhaust flue is clear. My exhaust flue is on the side of my house by the hose bib, so I see it all the time. However, if you don’t see yours regularly, make sure it’s clear of debris and other obstructions. It’s especially important to keep an eye on it during winter months. Snowdrifts can pile up and prevent exhaust from leaving your house properly.
- Change your filter regularly. Clean filters can help your furnace run more efficiently. Experts recommend changing your filter monthly.
- 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 house. Carbon monoxide detectors range in price and can be plugged into a wall outlet. Don’t forget to test your smoke detectors and change the batteries if needed.
Source: West Bend Mutual