Temperatures haven’t reached their chilliest just yet here in the Salt Lake City area, but they sure are cold. We’re certain that you are using your heater on a regular basis, as you should be. But have you already scheduled heating maintenance? If not, it’s not too late! Maintenance is a service that requires highly trained and experience technicians–it’s really not a simple service that homeowners can just do by running through a checklist. That said, there is one small maintenance task you can and should do–change your air filter every 1-3 months so it doesn’t get too clogged up and restrict airflow.
The rest of your maintenance needs to be done by a professional! After all, you want your heating system to work as reliably as possible for the rest of fall and all throughout winter, right? And we can’t stress enough just how important it is to have this service done routinely–once a year for a traditional furnace or boiler and twice a year for heat pump and ductless systems. This is the only way that you’ll be able to operate your heater at its best. Read on to learn some of the benefits of this service.
No heater is inherently dangerous. However, if your heating system isn’t properly maintained, it could become so. This is especially true if it’s a gas-powered system. One of the main tenants of heating maintenance is that we inspect the system to make sure there aren’t any wear and tear issues that could lead to harmful problems. For example, a frayed gas line or a cracked heat exchanger could lead to carbon monoxide (CO) exposure for you and your family, which has been known to lead to illnesses and even fatalities.
To ensure safety, you’ll want to have your furnace or heater checked on a regular basis, even if it’s an electrical-powered system!
Better Energy Efficiency
No matter what type of heating system you have, it will begin to lose some of its efficiency if you skip maintenance. In fact, for every year a furnace goes without maintenance, it loses about 5% of its original efficiency rating. But with maintenance, it can retain about 95% of that original efficiency. Maintenance is the best way to achieve peak efficiency throughout your heater’s entire lifespan.
Fewer Repair Needs
It may surprise you to learn that maintenance can actually help prevent up to 85% of the repair needs that your heating system may ever need in its lifespan. This is because during maintenance, we thoroughly inspect your system, checking for signs of wear and tear. But catching wear and tear right when it starts and making small repairs as needed helps you avoid much bigger emergency repairs (which, by the way, are more costly, too!). Overall this helps your system work more efficiently and helps your system last as long as it should (typically 10-15 years).