Have you noticed it yet?
Has the furnace turned on, and you smell that strange scent of burning dust? Cooler temperatures may have activated your furnace, which has been sitting relatively idle over the warmer months. An older furnace doesn’t necessarily have its fan running all the time, and when it does, the heat exchanger in the furnace is burning dust and sending the burned particles via your furnace vents, all over the home. It’s a smelly clue that your filter definitely needs changing, but it’s also a really good idea to have a tune-up performed on the furnace.
Newer furnaces have fans running to some extent on a continual basis, but that doesn’t negate the importance of an annual maintenance check to ensure that things are running smoothly.
We are all aware that it’s a good idea to have an annual furnace checkup, but too few of us take it seriously that is until something goes wrong.
You don’t have to wait until fall to have maintenance performed on your HVAC system. You can begin to take advantage of the benefits at any time of the year. Taylor Gandy, General Manager of Gandy Installations, says “there are many things that need to be done to your furnace on an annual basis to ensure that it is operating correctly and efficiently, however it does not matter when this maintenance is done, and there is not much of any advantage to doing it at the beginning of the heating season. As a matter of fact, more time is often spent on these maintenance visits outside of the “rush season”. August / September is a perfectly acceptable time to have the maintenance performed, as is January/February.”
What are the advantages of a furnace checkup?
Your safety matters
An annual furnace checkup and maintenance will be one of the best things you can do to keep your family safe! Furnaces produce heat through burning fuel, and it’s essential to ensure that the combustion process is efficient. Problems in this process can lead to gas leaks, and run the risk of carbon monoxide leaks.
You can save money!
A well-tuned furnace will be more efficient and use less energy. Some studies have shown that regular maintenance can save you as much as 30%. Add in a programmable thermostat, and you’re well on your way to making this winter a much more affordable one.
Maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty
On most good quality furnaces, you’re looking at around a 10-year warranty. You’ll want to regularly check in on your furnace to ensure it still qualifies for the warranty, and if something does go wrong, you’ll have the service records to prove you’ve been taking care of it.
There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing a blasting winter storm descend on the neighbourhood, while you relax, confident that your furnace is going to serve you well throughout the entire season.
Annual tune-ups are just one part of maintaining your furnace. When you’ve got a properly maintained HVAC system, not only does it run more efficiently, but the likelihood that you’ll need an emergency heating (or cooling) repair service is greatly reduced.
To keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, extend the life of your equipment and reduce the need for repairs, consider putting your HVAC maintenance in the hands of our certified technicians. Our Comfort Club will provide a worry-free and reliable HVAC maintenance. As a Comfort Club member, you’ll also receive priority repair service and discounts. As well, take advantage of the promotions that are available from time to time for furnace tuneups or duct cleaning at our website.