During the winter season in Lexington, Kentucky, the temperature tends to drop substantially. So homeowners must rely on their heating systems to stay warm and comfortable. It’s not too late to prepare your furnace for winter with a tuneup by a professional HVAC technician and enjoy the warmth all season long.
As your furnace runs, it pulls air through the heating chamber. Air is constantly moving through the ducts and vents to maintain a comfortable temperature inside of your home. That air contains dirt, dust, pet hair, dander, pollen, and other debris, which can settle on the furnace and inside the ducts. Smaller particles can also move through the system and settle on the various components of the heating system. The filter within your furnace can help eliminate some of these contaminants, but if it’s clogged and dirty, it won’t be able to do its job.
When the components are dirty or dusty, they can’t operate as efficiently. Your system has to work harder to produce the same amount of warm air, which results in energy waste. With regular furnace maintenance, a technician performs a visual inspection and cleaning of all components, making sure that everything can work more efficiently.
Lower Monthly Bills
During the winter months, your utility bills increase as your furnace uses fuel to combat the cold outdoor temperatures, so it’s important to do everything you can to keep them under control. A furnace tuneup will improve the efficiency of the heating system, which means it will use less energy to produce the same amount of heated air. As a result, you can enjoy savings on energy bills throughout the winter.
One of the most important reasons to schedule an annual furnace tuneup is to reduce the risk of components breaking and requiring repairs. Through normal use, parts within your furnace move, rub together and shift, but any abnormal movement or issue can cause damage to these components. It’s tough to know for sure when something isn’t working properly, so most people continue to run the furnace even with a damaged component. This can reduce efficiency and end up causing further damage, which will be more expensive to repair.
During a tuneup, the furnace technician will inspect all moving parts to make sure they’re in good condition and can continue to operate smoothly and efficiently. If anything is starting to wear out or break down, the technician can replace or repair it before it causes damage. With regular preventive maintenance, you’ll deal with fewer major repairs and enjoy a heating system that works consistently and efficiently.
Reduced Risk of Breakdown
Regular maintenance on your heating system can also reduce the risk of it breaking down at the worst possible time. We’ve all heard the stories of people whose furnaces stopped working on the coldest day of the year or when they had house guests, resulting in the need for emergency service. Emergency calls can be more expensive, and if you’re rushing to get a furnace installed, you won’t have the time to research options and learn more about which unit will work best in your home.
Through annual tuneups, your technician can keep you informed about the status of your furnace and give you some warning as to when it might be time to upgrade the system. This gives you time to save money for the impending need to replace your furnace as well as to research the options available to find the right unit for your home.
If you’re on a maintenance plan for your heating and cooling system, a possible benefit is that you’ll get faster service when you need assistance. For example, most customers on the maintenance plan will receive priority service for their furnace tuneups earlier than those who aren’t keeping up with regular maintenance. With this option, you can enjoy warm air and a functional furnace well before the temperatures dip below freezing.
Schedule your routine heating system tuneup and take advantage of these benefits by calling us at Stivers HVAC Inc. at 859-286-6450.
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