Updated for 2017.
Most homeowners know that an annual furnace checkup is recommended, but very few people actually take it seriously.
If you are one of those people who have been ignoring this suggestion, you need to find out why a furnace tune-up is necessary. Many homeowners just like you don’t think maintenance is necessary. They wait until it is too late, and then their furnace needs costly repairs.
There are many reasons why you should make an annual furnace checkup a part of your fall routine.
1. Reduce Your Energy Bill by Up to 30%
A furnace can make up about 50% of your energy bill. That adds up, especially if we have a particularly long, chilly Canadian winter. There is a silver lining – regular furnace maintenance.
A well-tuned furnace will be more efficient, and use less energy. In fact, some studies have shown that regular maintenance can save you as much as 30%. Add in your programmable thermostat, and you’re well on your way to making this winter a much more affordable one.
Annual tune ups are just one part of maintaining your furnace. You might cringe at the thought of doing extra work, but trust us; it’s easier than you think.
Simple things like changing your filters will increase your savings. Clean furnace filters will keep your home at the desired temperature without the high bills. You also help to ensure proper airflow, which reduces the need for frequent repairs that occur when the furnace is strained.
Bonus: A well-maintained furnace will last you much longer, which means you’ll get the most out of your investment.
2. Detect Dangers Like Gas and Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Annual furnace maintenance will help to keep you and your family safe. Furnaces produce heat through burning fuel and it is important to ensure that the combustion process is efficient.
A problem in the furnace system can lead to a gas leak. We don’t have to remind you that a gas leak is very dangerous.
An unchecked furnace also runs the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. These are harder to detect because the gas is colourless and odorless. High carbon monoxide levels can cause nausea, headaches, and in some cases, death.
Having annual furnace maintenance will help catch any potential safety risks, and give you peace of mind that your furnace is working properly and up to code.
3. Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty
It’s a good idea to get regular furnace tune up so that you can maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
On most good-quality furnaces, you can get a 10-year warranty option. Since a well cared for furnace can last as long as 20 years, you’ll want to regular check in on your furnace to make sure that it still qualifies for the warranty.
If there comes a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, they are going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, you’re most likely not going to get the outcome you were hoping for.
Investing in annual furnace maintenance is the best way for you to be better safe than sorry.
4. Stay Warm, Safe and Happy During the Winter
When you get an annual furnace tune up before winter begins, you can find out if the furnace will serve you efficiently throughout the entire season. The last thing you want is to be awoken by the freezing cold at 2 a.m. on a -20℃ morning because the furnace broke down.
Knowing the condition of your furnace before the cold weather kicks in will save you all that grief. For example, if all the maintenance in the world can’t save your furnace, you’ll have plenty of time to replace it before the first frost.
To make sure that you get the best results from your furnace, you should research the options and purchase the best brand available to you. A good quality furnace is effective and will last you a long time.
We’ll Handle All of Your Furnace Needs
At Dr. HVAC, we can provide you with everything you’ll need this fall and winter, from furnace tune ups to installations and emergency repairs. All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll be there to make sure that this fall, you’re more than ready for winter.