How Heater Maintenance Helps Homeowners
As autumn approaches and temperatures start falling, it’s the perfect time to have the heater tuned up to ensure it runs warm and toasty all winter. Making sure a home’s heater is properly maintained will not only keep occupants comfortable this winter but can prevent more costly repairs down the road. With proper maintenance, an HVAC system can continue functioning for well over a decade, but a dirty, unmaintained one is forced to work 20 percent harder to create the same degree of warmth.
Homeowners shouldn’t wait to service an HVAC system until it stops working. There are many financial and health benefits to preventative heater maintenance, and this article covers why it should be performed regularly.
Get a Thorough Professional Tune-Up
During a maintenance visit, a technician will thoroughly examine the heating system to identify potential problem areas, allowing them to make repairs before they grow in both severity and cost. If a warranty still protects any of the equipment, it may be worth replacement.
The technician will also clean the system, ensuring the air it produces is as healthy as possible. Such preventative maintenance reduces the risk of a serious problem by up to 90 percent, saving the homeowner potentially thousands of dollars over time and the inconvenience of the lack of heat on a cold day. It also extends the life of the HVAC, a great bonus for those who don’t want to keep repairing or replacing their units often!
Fall Is the Perfect Time for Maintenance
If any maintenance issues developed over its summer hiatus, it’s smart to ensure that one’s heating system is working properly before the first cold night of the season arrives. Yet there’s another tangible reason to schedule the tune-up before it’s time to turn the heater on: the technician will ensure the heating system is working optimally, increasing energy efficiency. This simple step can help keep energy bills lower throughout the whole season. Plus, if the system is tuned up at the same time every year, it is much easier to remember when it’s due to be serviced.
It’s never too late in the season for preventative care. Some warning signs that a problem may be brewing are a sudden, unexpected spike in energy costs, strange noises that occur while the heater is running, and any unusual or unpleasant smells that accompany the heat.
Keeping the Air Clean Between Visits
In addition to yearly check-ups, it’s critical to replace the air filter regularly. Unmaintained HVAC systems can be breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, causing or exacerbating existing allergies and other respiratory problems. Changing the filter quarterly is an easy and inexpensive way to increase a home’s air quality.
About Champion Comfort Experts
Champion Comfort Experts provides safe and reliable heating maintenance in the Flat Rock and Henderson, NC areas. Family-owned and operated, Champion offers its customers flat-rate pricing and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.