During the summer, your furnace has likely been sitting in your basement gathering dust. That’s just one reason that your local HVAC company will recommend an annual furnace inspection, ideally scheduled a month or two before you intend to turn it on for the first time. Of course, many homeowners skip this crucial inspection, turn on their heating system sometime in October, and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, that’s a great way to end up with a freezing home and an expensive furnace repair bill. Instead, call your HVAC company for a proactive furnace inspection. The sooner you make the call, the better.
Why are annual furnace inspections so important?
Virtually every furnace manufacturer, heating and cooling contractor, and HVAC company will recommend having your HVAC system inspected at least twice per year. Ideally, you should have your air conditioning appliances inspected in the beginning of the year and your heating system inspected in early to mid-fall. Not only can these inspections help you prolong the life of your expensive heating and cooling appliances, but they can also ensure your HVAC system is running at peak efficiency.
Let’s say you skip the annual furnace inspection, turn on your heat, and hope for the best. Your heating system may work fine — at first. However, after a year spent gathering dust, crucial components may break down. Over time, these problems are inevitable. And after an emergency visit from a local HVAC company, you may discover that the damage is permanent. Now, the entire appliance needs to be replaced. Just like your car, regular, preventative maintenance can spare you from expensive emergency repair costs and HVAC installation.
HVAC contractors will carefully inspect your furnace to spot problems before they cause lasting damage to your heating system. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but this maintenance will help you avoid emergency no-heat calls during the winter months.
In addition, preventative HVAC maintenance ensures that your entire heating and cooling system is running at peak efficiency. Modern furnaces with AFUE ratings between 90% and 95% are considered “high efficiency” appliances, but older homes often rely on older appliances with much lower efficiency ratings. Without regular upkeep, these low-efficiency furnaces can waste a lot of energy. Ultimately, you’ll pay for that wasted energy in the form of higher utility bills during the coming winter.
So if you want to avoid new furnace installation, no-heat calls, and emergency repairs, there’s only one thing you need to do: Contact your local HVAC company for your annual furnace inspection. Fall is the perfect time to plan this HVAC maintenance, so don’t want any longer. If you procrastinate on your HVAC inspection, you’re gambling on expensive HVAC repair bills in the dead of winter.