Posted: July 27, 2015
Posted by: SOS Xtreme Comfort
The cold months of the year are quickly approaching, so every homeowner is advised to service their furnaces before fall to keep them in good working condition. Annual inspection and servicing of furnace systems is highly recommended as it not only helps to prolong the life of the system, but also saves you money in terms of reduced energy bills.
HVAC experts say three quarters of no-heat calls they receive during the cold months of the year are due to poor furnace maintenance. Heaters that are not serviced on a regular basis can stop working abruptly, leaving both you and your family in the cold.
Furthermore, leaks in the system may allow carbon monoxide to escape into the air supply system, posing a serious health hazard. Carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless, which means it cannot be detected until it is too late. If you have a carbon monoxide sensor in the house, an alarm may be sounded. Carbon monoxide poisoning is characterized by dizziness, nausea, headaches and even death. Every year, over 15,000 cases of CO poisoning are reported. 500 of these cases are usually fatal. Fortunately, CO poisoning is preventable, and it all starts with routine furnace maintenance.
Thirdly, lack of maintenance leads to reduced efficiency. This will force the furnace to work harder and use more gas, or electrical energy, to heat your house. This may lead to increased energy bills especially if there are other inefficiencies in the system.
The service fee for furnace inspection varies. However, the trip charge quoted by reputable providers is not that much. Be sure to discuss and negotiate these fees before the HVAC contractor makes a trip to your home. If your furnace needs a tune up, it is simply furnace cleaning. The cost depends on whether replacements are needed for faulty parts. For instance, the cost of replacing a damaged thermostat must be added to the total service charge.
To ensure the entire system runs efficiently, all the moving parts must be lubricated. Furnace maintenance also entails safety checks for electrical wiring and gas lines.
If not for anything else, homeowners should have their furnaces serviced for the cost benefits arising from reduced energy bills as well as enhanced safety due to prevention of carbon monoxide from leaking into the air supply system of the house.
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