Last updated on January 24th, 2023 at 03:25 pm
Wondering if you need to get regular heating and cooling system checkups? Or, is it okay to just wait until there’s a problem?
For most of us, heating and cooling our homes isn’t something we think much about. We push a button or turn a dial to automatically make our houses warmer or cooler, but of course what we don’t see are the heating and cooling systems that needs to be maintained.
Why it’s important to get heating and cooling system checkups regularly:
Safety is the most important reason to have your furnace checked yearly and serviced if needed. A furnace inspection can find dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that sickens and even kills homeowners every year. Every home should have carbon monoxide detectors in addition to a smoke/fire detectors.
2. To increase the efficiency of your systems and look for any problems
When everything is working as it should, you’ll save money on your energy bills. There are several things your service professional will check. They may also be able to give you ideas to help you save energy and run your heating and cooling systems at their maximum efficiency.
3. Air quality
Regular heating and cooling system checkups can also help you maintain good air quality in your home.
This is important for everyone, but especially if there are family member who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Ask your service professional about the best kind of air filters to filter out allergans and how often to change them.
Then, make sure that you do change your air filters on schedule. Setting a reminder on your phone is an easy way to this, and some smart thermostats will remind you too.
4. To prevent a future breakdown
When you have regular heating and cooling system checkups, you can avoid untimely breakdowns.
You certainly don’t want the furnace to quit on the coldest day of the year, especially if it’s a weekend or a holiday. And, almost as bad, is having no air conditioning on a humid 100 degree day. (I’ve experienced this, and I don’t recommend it!)
Treat your heating and cooling systems just as you do your car when it comes to regular maintenance. New furnaces and air conditioning units are a big expense, so staying ahead of potential problems is always smart.
Look for a reputable heating and air conditioning contractor by talking to friends and neighbors and reading reviews. Some offer monthly mainteance contracts, so look at the costs and what they include to see if this might be right for you.
Whatever you decide, don’t skip these regular checkups. They’ll provide you with peace of mind all year, so you can relax and enjoy your home.
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