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A guest blog post: Annual Heating Tune-Up: Do You Really Need It?

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Sun, Dec 06, 2015 @ 02:05 PM

 

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Every year we get phone calls, email inquiries and form submissions from prospective customers and existing customers as well, asking if an Annual Heating System Tune-Up is really necessary?

Our answer? It sure is.....

 

 


A colleague in California asked to write a guest blog post with his take on the question... Here's his take:

One of the most important aspects in every property is a reliable heating system. However, you will be astonished to know that very few homeowners really care about these units until trouble strikes. The Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors' Association (ACCA) in a 2013 survey found that less than 60% of homeowners really felt an annual heating system tune up by a HVAC Service is necessary.

Well, if you are among this number of property owners it is time to change your view.

Over the last few years, winters in America for instance, have been getting colder while summers are scalding hot. Without an efficient system, staying inside your treasured property will become a torturous experience for your family.

Now, considering you have invested heavily in your nice home, there is no need of compromising your comfort. In fact, it is time to appreciate what a HVAC company brings on board during this annual heating system service. Here you go:

  1. Through Technical Inspection

Truth be told the modern heating and cooling units are sophisticated and you will be befuddled if you try to work on them. They need specialized equipment to assess and even disassemble and you don’t even have the prerequisite skills to do this.

In essence, this inspection is not your everyday DIY project because the entire heating system needs to be checked, cleaned and lubricated. It goes even further; an expert inspection will also measure voltage levels, tension of the fan belt and test carbon monoxide levels indoors. Such a thorough test can only be done by a technician with specialized tools and prerequisite skills.

  1. Cost-Savings

The EPA says over 30% of your energy bill goes to heating. This is the largest portion in your energy consumption and it definitely affects your finances. Through energy audits, a heating service will determine avenues through which your home is losing heat while also recommending the best techniques to alleviate this problem. If you are looking to control your energy bill, it is time to call a professional contractor to carry out an audit at your home.

  1. Enhanced Efficiency

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) reckons that over 67% of HVAC systems in American homes suffer breakdowns during extreme weather. This happens mostly over winter and summer and you can bet the experience indoors is traumatic.

An HVAC service helps to fine-tune your system during this annual checkup thus reducing breakdowns when you need the unit desperately. By cleaning the unit, unblocking radiators and filters, and grime and dirt in the furnace these technicians ensure your system is primed to perform at its optimal level.

  1. Improved Safety

One of the most overlooked aspects of a poorly functioning heating system is the danger of fire. Over the last 10 decades, the fire department has recorded a 34% increase in home fires and most of the cases point to malfunctioning heating units. Gas furnaces for instance are rated as the greatest culprits in home fires especially when they are not running efficiently.

More importantly, furnaces can release carbon monoxide through leaks or cracks from the heat exchanger, something that any qualified technician should bring to your attention. Carbon monoxide is highly toxic and infact accounts for most deaths during a fire. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that carbon monodixe exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter when people are more likely to use gas furnaces, heaters and generators in their homes. 

  1. Averting Breakdowns

An annual checkup of your heating system is a clever way of reducing future breakdowns by identifying lurking problems. For instance, if bolts holding the blower in your furnace are loose, you might have a big problem during winter.

A technician will identify this problem early enough and recommend repairs or replacement of specific parts. Changing furnace filters before onset of cold seasons also ensures the system does not breakdown regularly when it should be performing at its best.

  1. Extended Furnace Lifespan

You will concur that replacing your furnace can set you back thousands of dollars in the current state of the economy. Well, an annual inspection elongates the life of your unit by helping avoid major problems that would necessitate replacement. If your furnace is performing optimally even after 10 years, there will be no need to replace it and this saves you a lot of money.

There is no gainsaying the importance of an annual professional inspection of your heating unit by a HVAC Service. It saves you money, makes your home more comfortable while also enhancing safety indoors. It is a win-win situation especially when you identify a reliable heating service company in your area.

You can read another one of our blog posts about annual heating system tune-up services.

Live or work in our service area? You can schedule your annual heating system tune-up now.

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About our guest blog author: Dan McKee heads up the marketing efforts and provides digital marketing strategies to the marketing team at Service Champions in California.

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