As the weather starts to turn cold there are many things around the home that need to be taken care of and checked to make sure that they are in good working order. Nobody wants to wake up in the middle of the night to find out that the heater has gone out and they are now in a freezing cold home. It is extremely important to get your heating system checked before winter.
It is figured that the average furnace inspection costs around $75. The cost of replacing a furnace is going to be much higher than a yearly check. Fall maintenance heating system checks can help prevent the emergency calls that may happen during the winter months. During a furnace inspection the electrical and connections and voltage will be checked to make sure they are strong and not at risk of failing. The start/stop controls will be checked to make sure they are functioning properly and that they are working correctly with the thermostat reading. This is important since an incorrect thermometer can make your furnace work harder than necessary causing unneeded wear as well as racking up unnecessary electrical usage. Just as importantly they will check and replace the air filter. This keeps old mold and other airborne particles from flying around the house. Inspecting the exhaust outlets will keep dangerous carbon monoxide from building up in the house. During the seasonal maintenance the chimney flue and or vent stack should always be checked for rust, corrosion and leaks. Making sure all movable parts are well oiled and lubricated will prevent future breakdown and keep the system running smoothly. A good technician will also check for improper combustion in the machine as well as making sure the air flow is smooth and working properly.
It should go without saying that maintenance can reduce furnace repairs. Remember it can also reduce energy bills. Keeping up a well tuned energy efficient furnace will bring down electric bills significantly. Another way to keep the bills down is to install a programmable thermostat. These have been shown to reduce the energy bill and consumption up to ten percent since you will not be heating a home when not needed. This is also nice that it can be programmed to heat the house just before coming home from work so it is warm when you enter it.
It is very important to hire a well trained properly licensed maintenance technician. Watch out for people that may claim to be an inspector but do not have the proper license and insurance for the job. In most states it is a requirement to be licensed and they are required to provide proof if asked.