If you’ve got a home heating system, you’ve probably already been told to get a furnace tune up once a year. However, have you actually taken this advice on board, or have you taken it with a grain of salt? Most people tend not to get their heating system checked up as often as they should. Why? Well, maybe because they can’t find the time, or simply keep putting it off. This often leads to people waiting for their furnace to break down before getting it checked out – and by then, you’ve got big problems.
Our advice? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! There are many advantages to getting a furnace tune up each and every year, before the cold weather sets in. In this article, we’ll take you through the main four benefits of giving your furnace an annual once-over.
To keep your bills low
Everybody knows that heating a home is a costly process. The bigger your house, the more it will cost you to heat – but even in an apartment, it’s not cheap. Heating makes up around 50% of your energy bill, so there’s no point spending more money than is necessary. All agreed?
If you don’t keep your furnace well maintained through regular furnace tune ups, you might find that it’s costing you dearly. Time magazine lists a furnace tune up as one of the main ways to reduce your energy bills. Keeping your furnace working properly through regular maintenance can actually reduce your heating bill by up to 30 percent! This is because if the furnace isn’t working properly, it will use much more energy to keep your home sufficiently heated.
Although annual furnace checkups aren’t free, they’re usually only around $100, and definitely save you money in the long run. Getting a furnace tune up once a year means that you can be sure you’re always getting your money’s worth. An added benefit is that looked-after furnaces will last much longer before breaking down, so you won’t need to invest in a replacement as often!
To keep you and your family safe
Although having a home furnace is a great way to stay toasty warm, they do come with health risks.
All furnaces produce heat by burning fuel. The natural gas produced by fuel burning does not pose any threat to you if your furnace is working properly. It’s when your furnace becomes faulty that it becomes a risk. For instance, if one of the valves on your furnace becomes loose, your furnace may start leaking gas into your home. Not only can this gas be dangerous when breathed in, but it also spreads quickly and is highly combustible. This means it poses a risk of fire.
Fortunately, gas has a very distinct smell, so if you have a gas leak you’ll realize straight away. However, another problem that can arise from a poorly maintained furnace is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas which is produced as a by-product when your furnace is not properly burning up the natural gas. Worryingly, carbon monoxide is totally invisible and has no odour, so you won’t be able to tell when it’s present in your home. Carbon monoxide is very toxic – accidental carbon monoxide poisoning kills 500 people in the United States every year. Getting an annual furnace tune up is the only way of making sure that your furnace is burning fuel efficiently and that it doesn’t pose a risk to your health.
To check that your furnace still meets warranty
Back onto the subject of money! Most manufacturers design furnaces to last for a very long time. When you purchased your home furnace, you probably bought a warranty lasting a number of years – some even offer a 15-year warranty option. This is great from a money-saving perspective: if your furnace breaks down within the specified amount of time, they’ll replace it for free.
However, most furnace warranties come with a caveat. You have to regularly maintain and care for your furnace in order to claim the warranty if it breaks. If your furnace stops working and you try to claim warranty, the company will ask to see a service record as proof that you’ve been keeping it in top notch condition. If you can’t provide evidence that you’ve been getting your furnace serviced regularly, the warranty may be void.
And as we’ve already discussed, if you don’t get your furnace checked regularly, it’s more likely to break down sooner. So there really isn’t any downside to getting a regular furnace tune up.
Most importantly: to keep you and your family warm!
This last point may seem obvious, but it’s definitely worth a mention. The whole point of having a home furnace is to keep you and your family warm. If you don’t get your furnace regularly serviced, it simply won’t be able to do its job as effectively!
If your area of the world experiences particularly cold winters, you’ll want to make sure your furnace is going to serve you well throughout. Nobody wants to find themselves rudely awoken in the middle of the night by a freezing cold house. If you have infants or elderly persons living with you, it’s even more important that your home is warm enough. To ensure that your furnace will last through the cold season, get your annual furnace tune up during the fall or very early winter. That way, if something is awry – be it a clogged filter or a total breakdown – you have time to fix your furnace before you actually need it. So if you’re thinking of having your furnace serviced- why not think of us?