Preventive Maintenance: Prep Your Furnace For Winter
With the winter season approaching, it is important that you prepare your home to withstand the harsh conditions that will come. Your number one concern should be to make sure your furnace is working properly to ensure that you will stay warm and safe. A furnace breakdown in the middle of a cold snap will not only be inconvenient but very uncomfortable. Preventive maintenance will make sure your furnace is clean, crack and leak free, and running as it should for the long cold months of winter.
Safety Should Be Your Top Priority
Preventive maintenance for your furnace isn’t just about making sure you don’t have to pay a bunch of money to fix your furnace when it breaks. A big part of it is keeping yourself and your family safe from problems that can arise from not maintaining your furnace.
In the United States, it has been estimated that about 200 deaths occur annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning from heating equipment. A leak in your furnace can cause carbon monoxide, liquid petroleum, or natural gas to flow throughout your home. Most homes have a CO detector that can alert you of this, but all it takes is a faulty or broken detector for you to be unaware of a leak. These fuels are explosive and also extremely harmful for people and house pets to inhale.
Besides gas leaks, a dangerous buildup of dust and other particles in your filter can become hazardous. If you turn your heater on for the first time of the season and there is a slight smell of something burning throughout your house, then you probably have a filter full of dust and other hazardous particles. Not only can this buildup cause a fire, it can also cause dust to flow through your home. Inhaling the dust that’s now in the air of your home can cause respiratory problems and make you sick.
Preventive Maintenance Will You Save Money
There are a couple of ways in which preventive maintenance on your furnace will save you money. The first being that your furnace will be cleaned and maintained to prevent a future break. Having your furnace inspected at least once a year is all it takes to prevent a costly emergency fix.
Maintenance will also be sure to keep your furnace running at an optimal level. The efficiency of a regularly maintained furnace will save you countless dollars on energy costs.
Maintenance On Your Terms
Nothing is worse than having an unexpected problem come up at the worst possible time. Imagine you’re in the middle of a giant snow storm and your furnace kicks the bucket; what do you do now? Trying to get an emergency repair in the middle of the snow storm could be impossible depending on how harsh the conditions are. This is why it is so important to have maintenance done on your furnace every year before winter arrives.
If your furnace has a problem, you want to know about it way before the winter season starts so that you can fix it. This starts with scheduling your inspection well in advance. As it gets closer to the winter season, it will just become harder and harder to schedule an appointment. Have your inspection scheduled in advance; early fall is a good time to have this done.
If you want the warranty on your furnace to remain valid, you need maintenance. Most manufacturers will only honor a warranty if you take the proper procedures to maintain your furnace. If you have your inspections done at least once a year and a problem with your furnace is discovered, your warranty could then cover some if not all of your expenses.
Winter Is Coming – Prepare Your Furnace
A cold, harsh winter is nothing to be trifled with. Preventive maintenance for your furnace is the best way to make sure your house will stay warm through the winter season.
Jersey Shore Appliance can handle all of your gas furnace needs. As the only NJ appliance store in Monmouth and Ocean counties to be a certified service center, we are dedicated to keeping your home warm and safe. We offer Night Owl Service, as well as 24/7 emergency repair services so that repairing or maintaining your furnace can be a convenient and stress-free experience. Contact us today to schedule your furnace check up!