Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? They had those everlasting gobstoppers. How amazing would it be if you only had to buy one gobstopper for your entire life? Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. You can’t put oil in your car once and drive two hundred thousand miles without changing it because the engine would be toast. Even Tesla’s need lubrication oils added regularly for their gears to function. If you have a pet, you know you need to change your vacuum filter regularly because they collect more hair than a wig shop. After all, you don’t want a hair monster to come to life and crawl out of your vacuum!
The same goes for your furnace. Contrary to what some companies may try to sell you, your furnace is sadly not invincible. Regular tune-ups for your furnace are essential for its longevity and the benefit of your home. Your family’s health depends on it and dirt, dust, and pet dander float all around us. There can be a lot of debris from the outdoors that makes its way into your home and not just through the front door.
It’s In the Air… and Ducts
The air inside your house runs through a cycle of tubes pushing cool air to your furnace for heating. That air then runs through another set of tubes eventually flowing into every room of your house. Your ducts carry both warm and cool air from the outside and circulate throughout your house like a bloodstream. So why does keeping your filtration systems clean and working properly matter?
Like your body, you want your home systems to work properly and live long. Regular tune-ups increase the lifespan of your furnace. Preventative maintenance will extend the life of both your furnace and boilers saving you both time and money. Depending on the size of your home the average furnace replacement can range anywhere between $3,000.00 to $10,000.00 – that’s an amazing trip to Europe or at least some extended cabana time in the Fijian islands. Wouldn’t you rather be on a Euro vacay than spending that money on a new furnace before you have to?
Do you like to entertain or plan on throwing multiple birthday parties? When there’s high traffic of doors opening and closing your home accumulates a great amount of air from the outside… more than usual. Your furnace has to work twice as hard to maintain the same temperature inside which can increase the chance of a system failure.
Remember, your furnace is basically an oven that burns fossil fuels. When fuels such as natural gas, oil, or propane are broken down in your furnace, they create omissions like carbon monoxide, methane, and small amounts of sulfur dioxide. Furnaces are made to exhaust fumes and omissions directly out of your house. The release of carbon monoxide from your furnace is a normal function. Carbon Monoxide is naturally produced by incomplete combustion and is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. All furnaces produce a small amount that is safely vented to the outside of your home. However, if your circulation is compromised, you have a crack in your furnace, or there is another issue, this could be immensely dangerous. When tune-ups are executed on a regular basis it will save you money and keep your family safe.
A Filter’s Work Is Never Done
Prevention of big risk issues with your furnace starts with filters. Dirty filters can produce big problems and big expenses over time. To heat your home your furnace pulls air through a filter where all those airborne particles and debris are caught. However, if your filters are dirty, the air becomes harder to pull, the circulation efficiency decreases, your furnace works twice as hard, and suddenly you are paying higher energy bills while also compromising the health of your family.
So what do you do? A tune-up by a licensed specialist is the safest and most reliable way to ensure your furnace stays in top-notch shape. The best time of the year to have a checkup is right before the cold weather rolls in. You want your furnace functioning at its maximum potential before it has to work its hardest. The end of the summer is the most advised time for tune-ups. Autumn maintenance will save you a lot of time and money while ensuring your family’s safety.
A Plan To Help
To support home-owners in routinely inspecting the health of their furnace and other home systems, we created The Accurate Advantage Plan. Each year, you receive comprehensive checkups on your plumbing, electric, heating, and air systems for less than $10/month. This is the best way to become aware of potential threats before they become a giant banana in your tailpipe. You can see our plan here.
If you have any concerns about your home or want to schedule your next service appointment, please call 800-947-1747 to speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives.