An annual furnace inspection and service will prolong the life of the system, save energy, save you money, and decrease health risks. Manufacturers all agree that equipment should be cleaned and serviced once a year for heating and once a year for cooling. Following this routine of inspections and preventative maintenance will extend the life of these important systems, protect your health, and save your family money.
A common misconception is that the investment in a new system means freedom from maintenance, however there’s nothing further from the truth; manufacturers require you to have regular maintenance and keep a record of the service regardless of the age of your furnace or air conditioner. If you ever need to make a warranty claim, the manufacturer can ask you for those service records. Regular maintenance saves you money in the short term through higher efficiency, and the long term by extending the lifespan of your equipment. Additionally, up to 75 percent of service calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance; left un-serviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold.
Regular maintenance and inspections can also protect your health. Technicians note that a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Leaking carbon monoxide gas can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death.
Because of exposure in the United States, an estimated:
500 people die each year
50,000 people are taken to emergency room
SO, WHAT IS THE COST OF PREVENTATIVE
MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTIONS?
If you own your furnace and air conditioner, you will be responsible for scheduling and paying for service calls, maintenance, cleaning, filter replacements, and any repairs that may be required. Most rental agreements, however, include all of the above as well as emergency calls 24/7/365.
A routine visit should include cleaning and filter replacement to improve efficiency and save money. Tune-ups ensure that the furnace or air conditioner is operating at its peak performance so your home will be comfortable in all seasons. Additional items that are assessed are thermostat settings, electrical connections, lubrication of moving parts, inspecting the condensation drain to ensure its not obstructed, and start-up and shut-down controls.
There are additional steps that can be taken to keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently, the easiest and most effective is changing the air filter regularly. According to ENERGY STAR, which is a branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty clogged air filter will restrict airflow, which can negatively affect your health through exposure to environmental contaminates and allergens.
So, regardless if you rent or own your equipment, the same maintenance, cleaning, and care must be taken. Ultimately, it’s up to you who bares the cost and time commitment, you or the company that you rent from. As the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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