Fall has arrived and it is time to turn the clocks back, it is also time to have your heater checked. The experts agree that a yearly full service check of your heating and cooling system (HVAC) will prolong the life of the system, help save energy and reduce health risks.
Much like cars, furnace systems can develop problems due to non-use, improper care or lack of service. All of the leading manufacturers agree that regularly scheduled maintenance is key to a long lasting system that operates at peak performance.
Whether you have a gas or electric system, neglecting it can cause it to run less efficiently, making it work harder, and increasing your monthly energy bills. An inspection Tune Up should include a cleaning which will improve its efficiency.
Your heater can be a health hazard if not serviced regularly. A dirty filter contaminates the air your family breathes with allergens and pollutants, causing anything from general malaise to more serious illness. A furnace inspection can reveal hard to detect carbon monoxide leaks. Small amounts of carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Greater amounts of carbon monoxide are deadly. More than 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, due to carbon monoxide exposure, each year.
A proper furnace inspection should always include:
- Checking the controls and thermostat settings
- Inspecting electrical connections and testing voltage
- Lubricating moving parts
- Inspecting the condensate drain for obstructions
- Checking and changing the filter if needed