Why you need to check on your furnace before winter arrives
APRIL 3, 2017
When your furnace is properly maintained, it is more likely to operate efficiently, be more economical, and be better for the health of you and your family throughout the winter.
Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to check in on your furnace.
Sure, furnace maintenance isn’t one of those things we spend a lot of time thinking about, but to truly keep your furnace running at its best, you need to pay attention to the little things. But don’t worry, you can take over some of the simpler maintenance duties (i.e. changing the filter every 30 days in the winter) to keep the furnace at top performance, without calling in a specialist.
While furnace maintenance might seem like a demanding task, it can have a big impact on the proper operation and longevity of your HVAC system. When it comes to your furnace, a little bit of regular maintenance can go a long way.
Just like any machine, a well-maintained furnace is more likely to perform better than one that is neglected. As they age, furnaces start using more and more energy, while also taking longer to achieve the desired temperature. There are multiple causes for this, and most of them can be alleviated with timely maintenance of the furnace. If you regularly fix or replace any failing parts, your furnace can remain healthy for up to 17 years, serving you faithfully through the winter months.
As they get older, furnaces tend to collect and distribute particles of dust throughout your home, some of which you’re going to wind up inhaling. To help you and your family breathe a little easier, and a little cleaner, it’s important to have all of the leaks around your doors and windows sealed and your ducts cleaned to ensure the quality of air inside your home stays at a high level, even during those months of the year when you can open the window for some fresh air.
Careful management of your furnace is essential if you want to keep your expenses at a reasonable level. Regular furnace maintenance can help decrease your average energy bill, while also minimizing the chance that you will get whacked with costly emergency repairs. Many companies in Canada offer favorable protection plan options and heating maintenance plans designed to minimize the burden on the family budget, helping to ensure that most families can afford the appropriate technical care for their furnace.
Peace of mind
This is something you can’t put a price tag on. Awaiting a big storm with a furnace that is running at less than 100% efficiency can be a source of unnecessary stress that can be easily avoided. Heating is an essential need, and you can’t risk your family being stuck in freezing temperatures because of a minor technical failure. With a little bit of planning, you can help eliminate the possibility of problems with the furnace and enter the winter period without any lingering concerns.