If you're a homeowner, chances are you have a to-do list that is a mile long, composed of all the things that need to be done on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis for your home. Regular repairs are most likely a part of this plan, but one thing that should be near the top of the list, especially as winter arrives, is heating maintenance.
Despite the fact that regular maintenance can provide a number of different benefits, many of which are outlined below, few homeowners actually schedule this kind of heating service to be performed on a regular basis. Still, if any of the below benefits are appealing to you, it's a good idea to contact an HVAC company to schedule heating maintenance to be performed annually.
It Will Cut Down on Repairs
Whenever an HVAC company shows up to perform the regularly scheduled maintenance, they'll also do a quick inspection of the system and the ductwork to ensure that it is in proper working order. One of the first things they'll check is the pilot light (if you use an older gas furnace), and see if it's a different color than blue, which may indicate a problem. They'll also check the air filters, the ductwork, the motor, and the fan (along with everything else), to ensure that everything is in proper working order. If they notice any issues, they'll usually present you with a list of different heating services that they can provide to fix the issue now before it develops into major issues later.
Even though modern heating systems can last upwards of 20 years, that number can dip substantially if regular maintenance is not performed. Regular lubrication of parts and cleaning of fan blades go a long way to reducing the wear and tear on your system, and can possibly even allow your unit to function well past the 20-year mark. Since heating systems can cost several thousand dollars to replace, this is one heating service that you won't want to skip.
Lower Energy Costs
A furnace that is operating efficiently will not only provide your home with more consistent hot air, but it will also run smoother and with substantially less effort. This efficiency will translate to lower utility bills, which is vitally important at a time when energy rates are increasing nationwide. Though many people don't realize it, regular maintenance on your heater is one of the best ways to ensure that your system lasts as long as possible and operates as smoothly as possible for years to come, saving you hundreds of dollars in the process.
Contact a heating service for more information.