Winters are cold here in the Midwest, with average January temperatures of 28 degrees, and zero degrees being reached close to five nights per year. Heating equipment needs to be in good condition, and, like any complex machine, your furnace needs regular maintenance to operate at its best. Dealing with furnace maintenance this fall could prevent a host of problems this winter.
A poorly maintained furnace is likely to wear out more quickly than one that receives regular service. Moving parts must be lubricated and various components cleaned, tested and adjusted. If, for instance, your air mover, ductwork or registers are clogged, the equipment must work harder to satisfy the temperature demand of your thermostat.
Harder work can increase utility bills, too, as more fuel is consumed to deliver the desired heating level.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the combustion of fuel, which if allowed to build up in sufficient quantities can be deadly. Carbon monoxide can be introduced into your living space by the operation of a poorly maintained furnace, and even in minute amounts the gas can cause headaches and nausea. Furnace maintenance this fall will make sure combustion gases are safely vented out of your home.
Equipment that isn’t at its best can simply stop working. If this happens during a cold snap, it may be difficult to find a reputable contractor who is able to immediately respond to your emergency call.
Establishing a Relationship
Homeowners who enjoy a regular maintenance arrangement with an HVAC contractor do more than reduce the risks noted above. When the time comes to replace a component, as part of ongoing upkeep or in order to rectify an emergency, the necessary parts may be located and installed promptly.
It’s best not to wait until you need your furnace before organizing its upkeep. Instead, remember to perform furnace maintenance this fall, so you know all components will be in optimum working order when heating is called upon. Across the greater Indianapolis metro area, homeowners are arranging for a Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing technician to attend to this important maintenance task.
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