7 Reasons to Check Your Furnace Before Winter | Controlled Comfort

When was the last time you had your furnace checked? Usually the answer is, “last year, when it started to get cold.” But it’s wise to start that checkup before the winter. After all, when it starts to get cold, you need your furnace to already be in tip-top shape!

If that doesn’t convince you, this list of seven reasons to check your heating system earlier this year just might!

You Can Replace Parts Before They Break

Don’t wait until your heater isn’t working and you need to completely replace your furnace. Preventative care is more convenient for you, your repair service, and the furnace itself. If your heater’s parts are reaching the end of their lifespan, they can be replaced before they stop functioning entirely.

Fewer Delays on Service Calls

There’s always an influx of clients needing their heating systems repaired as the temperatures drop. If you start troubleshooting your furnace before the rush, you’ll be ahead of the game.

When you pick the most convenient time for your schedule, you guarantee that your service worker will have plenty of time to fit you in with their other appointments that same day. Scheduling an appointment in early autumn can help avoid the frustration of not being able to have your heating system fixed for weeks.

Early Checks Protect You from Cold Nights

An out-of-order heating system isn’t a big deal in the summer or early fall, which means that’s the best time to get it fixed if necessary.

Imagine Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family all packed into your home like friendly sardines. Now, imagine it without a working furnace. There are few times that are worse for a heating system to fail but it happens. Making sure your furnace has been kept up to date and will kick on at the flip of a switch is essential to keeping colder nights cozy and holidays joyous.

Maintaining Outdoor Fixtures Earlier Is Easier

Your heating system involves more than just the furnace in the basement. Both the air intake vent and exhaust pipe are essential pieces to keeping your home comfortable. Check to see if they’re still clear and clean as you do your normal seasonal maintenance.

If either of these are blocked, you’re at risk for a stalled system and potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Taking the time to go outside and check on these while the temperature is still pleasant is well worth it.

Make Sure Your Vents Are Open

When inside your house, take the time to go around and see if your vents are open or closed. Sometimes they get closed for one reason or another and then forgotten about. A closed vent makes it difficult for your furnace to efficiently heat your house, as well as puts pressure on it – which can decrease its lifespan.

It should be noted that popular thinking has led many to believe that keeping your vents closed will save money in energy costs. However, this is not necessarily true and the cost of a complete furnace replacement would more than make up for anything you saved.

Save Money with Early Maintenance

Things break, it happens. But if a key component of your system is broken, it can lead to other parts failing. And if you need a major repair, it can be downright dangerous. Making sure that your regular maintenance is preventative is safer than the alternative. Not to mention, it saves you money in the long run.

Speaking of saving money, professional services tend to be less expensive when you schedule off-season appointments. Be sure to ask what you can do to guarantee your house is running as efficiently and inexpensively as possible. When you’re halfway through the winter, you’ll be glad you did.

Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide

During the winter, it’s easy to dismiss low-level CO poisoning symptoms as the flu or a cold. But as it gets more serious, it can lead to confusion, which makes it difficult to take the proper steps to protect yourself. Approximately 200 people die in the United States every year from carbon monoxide poisoning – and that’s only from home fuel-related causes. The earlier you check for improper venting or an inefficient furnace, the better.

Don’t Wait to Maintain Your Furnace

It can be easy to push things like furnace repairs and maintenance until the last minute. Here are some quick suggestions for things you can do now to make sure that your house is in the best shape possible.

  1. Sign up for a regular maintenance program.
  2. Change your air filter.
  3. Check burners for dust, rust, or misalignment.
  4. Once your furnace is on, watch out for strange smells, odd sounds, and cool spots.
  5. Remember to set your thermostat to heat instead of cool.
  6. Check your chimney and carbon monoxide detector.
  7. Move everything (especially flammable items) away from your furnace.
  8. Move large furniture away from vents and air ducts it may be blocking.

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