There are several things homeowners can do to preserve the longevity of their heating systems. One of the easiest ways to ensure that a furnace will last a long time is to have it inspected and maintained through a professional HVAC contractor. Many homeowners have an inspection and Annual Furnace Maintenance appointment scheduled before the winter season arrives.
When an expert technician arrives, he or she will perform a thorough inspection of the exhaust vent, components, electrical system, burner, and the filter of a furnace. During this inspection the technician will lubricate and inspect every part of a furnace to make certain it is ready to last through another winter. By going over all of the furnace components and lubricating moving parts, a technician is likely to notice any issues that may turn into serious problems later.
There are many things that can create problems in a furnace. Routine maintenance such as keeping the burner free from debris, and changing the filter can improve efficiency and help a furnace work easier and last longer. Changing the filter alone can help with many issues furnaces have. An example of this is that a dirty filter will cause a furnace to work harder to pull air through the filter.
A dirty filter will also cause a furnace to consume more energy than usual, and it can contribute to illness and diseases. When a filter pulls air into the furnace, it also pulls in dirt, dander, moisture, toxic airborne particles, allergens, and other creepy things that float in the air. The moisture can build up and mold can start growing and be pushed into the return air vents along with particles. Mold, allergens, and toxic particles can cause serious respiratory problems.
The HVAC technician on a maintenance call will also inspect the thermostat. If it is not working properly it can be calibrated to achieve optimal temperature results. A thermostat that is working like it is supposed to will make it easy to regulate the temperature of a home. To enjoy a toasty warm house, schedule a preseason maintenance inspection for your furnace with a local HVAC contractor today.