Busting 3 Myths on Furnace Care and Safety

by | Nov 20, 2019 | Heating | 0 comments

When the weather gets colder, it’s natural to want to keep your home warm and save energy using a variety of approaches. Unfortunately, there are inventive ideas that seem to make sense, but really don’t work. As the second half of winter is upon us, homeowners often begin to revisit myths they’ve heard from others to reduce their heating costs and stay warm. As heating professionals, here are three common myths debunked for you.

3 Common Myths About Furnace Care And Safety

 

1) A service program, like those offered by some gas companies, takes the place of maintenance.

No. Having a service program is kind of like putting out a fire once it has started, and a maintenance agreement is preventing the fire from ever starting in the first place. Maintaining an HVAC (Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) unit is crucial in preventing major problems from affecting your home or business. HVAC maintenance will not only lower your utility costs, but it will help increase the service life of your unit.

Having a service program may put you in a position of saving money on costly repairs when needed, but our maintenance plan helps ensure problems don’t occur in the first place. An HVAC unit that is running efficiently, as well as a home that is properly insulated, means lower costs on electricity, heating and cooling costs. HVAC maintenance is also important in preventing the need for major repairs or entire replacements.

2) By owning a Carbon Monoxide Detector, I’m protected and don’t need regular maintenance.

No. The use of a carbon monoxide detector is wise and will provide peace of mind, however it does not relieve a homeowner from needing essential equipment maintenance. Furnace maintenance does so much more than just preventing carbon monoxide leakages. Detection systems are never 100% foolproof- which is reason enough to ensure your furnace is running properly and safely for your family.

HVAC maintenance is vital on the subject of safety, first and foremost. It is a complex system of ducts, fans, and heating coils, by making sure they are properly working consistently… you can keep your home safe from catastrophe or loss.

3) I was told my new gas furnace wouldn’t require any maintenance.

No. There is no such thing.

Because you want to keep your family warm, it is imperative that your furnace runs properly. A properly maintained system will deliver maximum heat output to your home without risk of harmful emissions. To guarantee your home furnace operates optimally when it’s cold outside, you need to make sure your system is properly maintained. The primary reason for performing preventative maintenance on your furnace is to promote health and safety in your home. We are already in the second half of winter, and if you didn’t schedule regular maintenance for your furnace back in the fall, you may think it’s too late to bother, but the last thing you want is your furnace to break down when you least expect it.

Wrapping It Up

You may be tempted to put it off until next year, but a neglected furnace can wear out more rapidly than most homeowners imagine and begin to fill your home with dangerous carbon monoxide gas without warning. We can identify potential problems early on thereby minimizing the risks of experiencing sudden and unexpected breakdowns. Let us help you put your mind at ease so you can focus on more important things.