My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
A yearly maintenance check (usually conducted in the fall) is essential if you want to ensure that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently. People often don't realize just how many of their energy dollars are being wasted by a poorly-maintained furnace.
If you want to avoid this problem, regularly scheduled maintenance will help ensure that your home's furnace is in perfect working condition and you won't need emergency heating repair in the middle of winter.
What a Furnace Tuneup Means
When the technician performing maintenance on your furnace shows up, he or she will do the following:
A tuneup will usually include a careful inspection of your system to spot any problems so that any components wearing out can be replaced.
The technician should also thoroughly clean your entire furnace. If dirt is allowed to build up and remain on your furnace system, it can produce friction that will ultimately cause wear and tear that reduces its overall efficiency.
The technician will also examine any additional components connected to your furnace, such as the ductwork or any add-ons (like air cleaners or humidifiers).
Benefits of Regular Furnace Maintenance
There are many benefits that you can get by having your furnace regularly maintained by a professional:
Greatly Improved Efficiency
If you want your furnace to be operating close to the original manufacturer specifications, it has to be as clean as possible. Dirt and grime can significantly interfere with the unit's efficiency. This is because the friction caused by dirt can wear away at the heat exchanger, air handler and motor, forcing the system to use more energy than it would otherwise.
Much Greater Comfort
As dirt builds up in your furnace system and makes it less efficient, it also decreases its ability to effectively generate heat. This makes it more difficult for the system to send heated air throughout your home. As a consequence, you and your family will notice that your home will become much less comfortable than it was when your system was at peak efficiency. Regular maintenance will prevent this.
Increased System Lifespan
While the average furnace should usually last about 15 years, it's often the case that a system can last even longer if you have it properly maintained. Certainly, the reverse is true, since if you failed to properly maintain your furnace it will most likely have a much shorter operating lifespan.
Reduced Repair Costs
It's important to keep in mind that the initial outlay for a furnace and the fuel used in it do not represent the only costs involved in operating a furnace. Over the lifetime of the unit, repairs can cost you quite a bit. However, you can reduce the cost and frequency of such repairs through a program of regularly scheduled maintenance, since this will reduce the wear and tear on the system.