We regularly take our cars in for tune-ups and oil changes so that we can avoid breakdowns and emergencies later. It’s the same way with our furnaces. You need to get your furnace inspected once a year before starting it up.
Three reasons to get your furnace checked out
1. Carbon monoxide testing and safety
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is a by-product of burning fuel. It’s found outside in harmless amounts, but if it builds up inside, it is deadly! Your furnace burns fuel through combustion, so carbon monoxide is present and contained in the furnace. But as it gets older, your furnace may crack and leak CO into your home.
If for some reason the furnace is damaged or worn out, carbon monoxide can leak into the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very dangerous. The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to:
- Get a professional furnace inspection
- Install a carbon monoxide detector
A carbon monoxide detector will help you avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. It will go off if carbon monoxide reaches 50 parts per million (ppm). Realistically, there shouldn’t be any carbon monoxide coming from your furnace! Most reliable HVAC companies will conduct a CO test within the furnace and check for leaks, cracks and damage to the unit that might cause carbon monoxide leaks.
2. Energy efficiency and savings
A dirty furnace has to work harder to heat your house. The harder the furnace has to work, the higher your energy use and expense. Dirty furnace filters and dirty flame sensors make it difficult for the furnace to do its job. Your annual furnace inspection should include getting the filter changed and the sensors cleaned so your furnace can run efficiently.
3. Avoid unnecessary breakdowns
Many furnace repairs can be avoided with good maintenance. Just like with your car, consistent maintenance prevents unnecessary breakdowns. With proper furnace care, you won’t just avoid repairs, but you will also extend the life of your furnace.
The bottom line: You need to get your furnace inspected annually to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, keep your furnace running efficiently and avoid unnecessary breakdowns. It is an affordable way to give yourself peace of mind throughout the cold months.
Stay comfy and cozy all winter long! Schedule your furnace inspection with TLC’s team today. If you are a TLC Preventive Maintenance member, your furnace inspection is included with your annual membership.
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