7 Reasons You Need to Maintain Heating EquipmentPublished: March 1, 2019
To ensure it runs properly, you need to maintain heating equipment. When you spend money on a car, you make sure to stick to the maintenance schedule as closely as possible. Regular maintenance ensures that your vehicle runs longer, more efficiently and uses less fuel. The same applies to heating equipment. Continue reading to learn the many benefits of maintaining your heating equipment.
Reduce the Chance of a Breakdown
The probability of your furnace breaking down is highest on the coldest night when your equipment is working the hardest. Early maintenance before winter sets in will allow you to take care of any small repairs that might come up, reducing the likelihood that you’ll be faced with a broken furnace when the outdoor temperature plunges.
If your furnace isn’t functioning right, it won’t be able to meet the demands of a cold snap. Or even an average winter’s night. Keep everything in working order to ensure that your equipment doesn’t leave you out in the cold.
Improved Air Quality
Part of regular maintenance is replacement of filters and checking that your fan works properly. Dirty filters affect airflow, reduce performance and contaminate the air. Poor air quality, especially in winter, can leave you and your family sick for weeks on end.
Lower Utility Costs
A poorly maintained furnace is an inefficient one. That translates into more energy usage to heat your home. Maintenance reduces your energy bill by ensuring that you get the best performance from your heating equipment.
Identify Problems Early
If your fan motor is starting to show signs of wear, your HVAC technician will see it sooner if he is doing regular maintenance. This gives you time to plan the repair, so you’re not scrambling to pay for something that needs to be fixed immediately. It also lowers your expenses if you only have a simple repair rather than a whole replacement.
Keep Your Family Safe
Fossil fuel burning equipment gives off carbon monoxide. How much it gives off depends on how well your furnace is burning fuel. Ignoring maintenance of the critical burning and venting components of your heating system can have fatal consequences for your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,244 deaths in the US from carbon monoxide poisoning between 2010 and 2015. The majority of these deaths occurred during winter, highlighting the need for heating equipment maintenance.
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