Time to Have Your Heater Checked

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.

Prolong Performance
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.

Save Energy
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.

Better Health
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

Is It Time To Upgrade My Air Conditioning?

As spring quickly slips into the heat of summer, it’s time to ask ourselves… “Is my air conditioner or HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) working properly, efficiently and safely?”

Here are few things that could indicate a need for a service/energy assessment, which will let you know if you need to repair, replace or upgrade your current system:

  • Higher than normal energy bills
  • System running frequently
  • System is over 15 years old
  • Thermostat not working properly

Perhaps you haven’t noticed any issues but you want to be sure you are running at peak efficiency and are avoiding any potential hazards. Did you know that Air Conditioning or HVAC Systems that are improperly installed, or even sized incorrectly can:

  • Be more costly
  • Promote mold growth
  • Leak harmful toxins (including carbon monoxide)
  • Start fires