Why is HVAC Maintenance Important?
Have you ever driven your car for a few years without getting an oil change? Without pumping up the tires or replacing the fluids? Probably not! Because it wouldn’t run very well.
Your home’s furnace, just like a car’s motor, is a machine that needs routine care to perform at its very best. And just like a car, when a furnace is neglected it doesn’t last as long and needs to be replaced with a new one.
Furnace maintenance keeps your home’s heating system in top-notch form. An oil change costs a lot less than a new vehicle and annual HVAC maintenance is more affordable than getting a new furnace. Let’s learn how tune-ups can prevent furnace repairs and extend the life of your home’s HVAC.
What is a Furnace Tune-Up?
A furnace tune-up is annual professional care that makes sure your heating system has everything it needs to work properly and efficiently. Think of it as a pit stop for a race car driver. Furnace technicians use their time during a tune-up to make your machine run smoother, better, and more cost-effectively.
Professional annual care makes sure all the components of your furnace are at optimum performance levels. This includes monitoring and testing:
- Gas Pressures on 1st & 2nd Stage
- Igniter Performance
- Temperature Heat Rise
- Blower Motor Efficiency
- Complete Safety Check
What Happens During Furnace Maintenance?
Beyond a technical 50-point Service Check on your HVAC unit, professionals perform a full diagnostic of everything furnace-related. A couple of hours each year assures you that your home is safely ready for another 4 seasons. Service technicians will:
- Replace your furnace air filters and leave a year’s supply
- Test your thermostat operation and accuracy
- Optimize your mechanical room
- Ensure ventilation systems are efficient
- Safety check wiring systems
- Check-up on your water heater and heat exchanger
- Check gas lines and valves for leaks
How Often Does My Furnace Need Maintenance?
A typical healthy furnace less than 15 years old can be properly maintained with only 1 tune-up service a year. Consistent HVAC maintenance that happens year after year keeps your home’s heating running smooth.
Without any warning signs from your furnace, an annual service is enough to prepare your home for the year ahead. Like any machine, furnaces do have a life cycle. Older HVAC appliances will eventually need replacing no matter how much maintenance is performed.
The Benefits of HVAC Maintenance
If you live in Alberta, you know how it is: happy furnace, happy life. The unpredictable cold puts a ton of responsibility on your heating system. Predictable annual service helps balance the climate.
Furnace maintenance has 2 major benefits to your lifestyle that we’ll discuss in more detail:
- Furnace Maintenance Saves You Money
- Furnace Maintenance Gives You Heating Peace of Mind
Lower Your Heating Bills
A car with a tuned-up engine gets better fuel mileage. Tuned-up furnaces get better fuel efficiency, too! Because your furnace is healthy and has the right annual care, it just performs better and doesn’t have to work as hard to produce the same amount of heat.
Furnace tune-ups can save you up to 12% on your monthly heating bill! In Alberta, that starts to add up…trust us.
Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
As your heating system runs weekly and monthly, allergens and pollutants start to build up. Tune-ups give a service tech the chance to monitor your ventilation’s cleanliness and recommend a duct cleaning if it’s time to improve your air quality.
Tune-ups also mean a guaranteed air filter replacement (in case you’ve been putting it off). This means more dangerous particles are being collected before they enter your home’s air supply. Replacing filters consistently will improve the air quality in your living space.
More Responsive Temperature Changes
A more efficient furnace is a more responsive furnace. This means that adjusting to the sudden temperature swings in Alberta is a lot easier for your HVAC to handle after a tune-up. Annual maintenance is what keeps your heating system responsive!
Tune-ups make sure that the heating components and ventilation associated with your furnace are working the right way. That means you feel the difference in temperature quicker and don’t need to burn wasted fuel to feel just right.
Cheaper & Less Frequent Repairs
HVAC maintenance lowers the risk for major furnace repairs. This is done in 2 ways. First, by improving the overall performance of heating units, they develop less stress and trouble areas. Just like how your car hums along smoothly after a trip to the mechanic.
Secondly, maintenance work allows technicians to monitor potential problems and address them early. HVAC repairs are always more affordable when they’re nipped in the bud right away. But furnace issues are not always obvious or easy to spot. Annual tune-ups give you and your HVAC tech the chance to stay ahead of potential dangers.
Safer Home Heating
Maybe more important than the money saved and the less frequent service calls, annual furnace maintenance keeps your home and family safe from the cold. Proactive service keeps you aware of any real risks concerning your home’s heating.
Annual furnace maintenance also means that a record of your home’s HVAC is ready and recent. Records make it that much easier to address a problem and fix it quickly. So even if catastrophe does strike on a stormy night, annual furnace maintenance gives you a head start back to comfort.
If home security is important to you, then home heating tune-ups should be too. A risk-free furnace keeps the people inside warm and prevents bigger problems like frozen pipes or gas leaks. Annual visits from an HVAC tech should be part of your risk aversion routine!
Your Furnace Will Last Longer
Want to get a full lifetime out of your home’s furnace? Then invest a little bit of time and money into regular upkeep. Some car engines get 100,000 km’s before they crap out, and some get 300,000. The difference is all about how they’re cared for.
Your furnace has a lot of parts and pieces that need to work together. When one of these components isn’t at optimum performance, it affects the entire HVAC ecosystem. So keeping your furnace efficient and healthy means that it will live longer and work better.
In older homes, the furnace may simply be near its end. But tune-ups with a technician allow you to discuss potential repair costs and decide when the time is right for a new furnace install.
Convenient Membership Maintenance
The vigilante homeowner might be replacing their furnace filters religiously every 3 months. But let’s face it, most of us leave it to the professionals. On-demand professional HVAC service is one of the greatest reasons that membership makes sense for so many homeowners.
Comfort Club Membership gives Albertans total home heat peace of mind. Always wondering if your furnace is healthy or your gas bills are too high can be taxing. Maintenance membership puts the onus on your home heating partner, because tuning your furnace up might not be top of mind in your life.
HVAC maintenance is important because it saves you money with lower gas bills, fewer furnace repairs, and a longer-lasting appliance. A stress-free working HVAC system and proactive repair schedules give you home heating security. So value your living space and schedule a furnace maintenance if your home is overdue.