Fall is right around the corner, but before you decide where to place that new pumpkin spice candle, you should schedule a pre-season heating inspection and tune-up. Scheduling a pre-season heating inspection before the crisp fall breeze blows through your home is beneficial to your wallet and the safety of your home.
HVAC efficiency tune-ups are performed before heating and cooling seasons to identify any problems and fix them before the season begins. In fact, Angie’s List points out that, “experts recommend having a professional service your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need it most.” Below are five reasons you should have a heating system inspection now, before heating season begins.
1. Maintain Efficiency
EnergyStar.gov explains, “as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So, making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills – and your comfort.”
When you hire a licensed HVAC technician to inspect your heating system, they make sure that your system is reaching its full potential and you are getting the most bang for your buck. This benefits your wallet in several ways; by keeping your heating system at peak performance you are saving energy, and your system isn’t working harder to make up for clogged filters and dirty parts. This will also increase the life of your heating system and help prevent the need for emergency maintenance.
2. Keep Your Manufacturer’s Warranty Valid
Most warranties require you to have your heating system inspected annually. If you do not, your heating system may break warranty, which might not seem like a huge deal until you go to turn the heat on, and nothing happens. Now, without your warranty, you are paying full price for parts and services.
3. Extend the Life of your Furnace
You wouldn’t wait for you car to stop working before you get an oil change, so why treat one of the most expensive appliances in your home any differently. By scheduling a pre-season heating inspection and tune-up, you are avoiding larger problems that may lead to the failure and replacement of a system down the line.
Inspecting your furnace before winter hits also avoids the always poor-timed breakdown. When you take care of your heating system before demanding the most from it during the harsh winter months, it will be prepared for the work load, instead of shocked and unable to perform the way you want it to.
4. Clean Rust and Dirt
Preventative care goes a long way and is the main function of a pre-season efficiency tune-up. This includes cleaning rust and dirt from your heating system. Along with cleaning parts, your licensed HVAC specialist will also replace any filters that could be causing your system to run under unnecessary stress.
5. Heating Inspection Safety
Whether your reason for a heating inspection is your home, your wallet or your comfort, pre-season heating inspections are performed with safety in mind. When your heating system is inspected, you are preventing the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks caused by cracked heat exchangers and other potential hazards in your home.
At BGE HOME, we offer a 21-point heating efficiency tune-up. This tune-up includes:
- Perform carbon monoxide safety test (gas unit)
- Measure combustion efficiency (gas unit)
- Inspect safety controls and unit wiring
- Level, calibrate and test thermostat operation
- Inspect and clean filters
- Inspect blower assembly
- Test motor capacitors
- And more…
Schedule your heating system efficiency tune-up online to make sure your system is read for the winter. You can also contact us to learn more about our heating system inspections include and why they are vital to ensuring your system is running smoothly.