Most homeowners assume that their furnaces will work reliably and keep them warm during the winter. They may be right if their heating systems aren’t that old and haven’t required too many repairs, but there are still some good reasons to have your furnace inspected at least once a year even if it’s been working reliably. Here are just five reasons to schedule an inspection before the winter season.
1. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is deadly in large doses. A furnace that isn’t kept in good condition can leak carbon dioxide into your home and create a serious health hazard for your family. An HVAC technician can identify a furnace that is in danger of leaking carbon dioxide into your home and fix it, so be sure to schedule a tune-up before you have to turn on your furnace for the winter. Even if your furnace is seemingly safe, you should invest in at least one carbon monoxide detector for your home.
2. Keeping Your Furnace Working Efficiently
Regular inspections and tune-ups will ensure your furnace works efficiently throughout the winter. A more efficient furnace will use less energy, which is better for the environment as well as your monthly energy bills.
3. Keeping Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature
When your furnace receives regular inspections and tune-ups, it will do a better job of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the winter. A tune-up will help remove the dirt and debris that may be stuck in your vents, ensure that your thermostat is working properly, and identify issues that could prevent your furnace from keeping your home warm when it gets cold outside.
4. Improving the Air Quality in Your Home
Your HVAC system does more than just keep your home warm or cool; it also helps keep dust, dirt, pet dander, and other pollutants out of your home’s air. However, this is only when your system is in good condition. When it isn’t, you’ll likely notice symptoms, such as runny noses, sore throats, chest congestion, and watery eyes, especially if anyone in your home has allergies. All of these symptoms can get much worse once you’ve effectively closed up your house for the winter and turned on your furnace. While there are certain things that you can do yourself to improve your home’s air quality, such as installing an air purifier and changing your HVAC filter regularly, an inspection and tune-up can help keep pollutants out of your home’s air so that your family can breathe easy this winter.
5. Preventing Costly Repairs
Finally, a furnace inspection can help you avoid costly emergency repairs. Nobody likes the thought of having their furnace break down in the middle of a cold winter night, nor do they want to deal with a surprise repair bill that they can’t afford to pay. Even though you do still need to pay an HVAC contractor for a furnace inspection and tune-up, it’s still much more convenient and cost-effective than having to repair or replace a broken heating system. An inspection could reveal minor problems that are easy and inexpensive to fix, and you’re always better off taking care of them now, rather than waiting for them to all but ruin your furnace.
When to Schedule Your Inspection
Now that we’ve covered some reasons for having your furnace inspected, let’s talk about when that inspection should take place. You obviously want to schedule your inspection before you turn on your furnace for the winter, but it’s hard to know exactly when that will be. If it looks like the winter will be fairly mild, you might not have to turn on your furnace until late October or early November. Then again, it could get unseasonably cold by the end of September. To stay on the safe side, try to schedule your inspection for the beginning of the fall. You likely won’t need your furnace by then, but you’ll have plenty of time to address any issues that the inspection might uncover.
If you haven’t had your furnace inspected yet this year, contact Rosenberg Indoor Comfort as soon as possible to schedule your inspection. Rosenberg Indoor Comfort serves homes and businesses throughout San Antonio, TX, and we will be happy to take a look at your heating system to make sure it’s in good shape. Our friendly staff also specializes in AC repair and installation, air quality services, and much more.
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