5 Reasons to Care For Your Furnace with Regular Maintenance

Protect your furnace

Winter can get pretty nasty here in Kingston, where Haven Home ClimateCare is located.

Before Old Man Winter arrives in full force, you’re probably getting ready with things like:

  • Putting on your winter tires
  • Stocking up on salt and ice melt
  • Tuning up the snow blower
  • Getting your gas fireplace ready to go

Here’s a question: Have you thought about furnace maintenance?

After all, your furnace is the biggest component of your home heating system.

And while it’s always been reliable, you just never know when that strange noise it sometimes makes is the symptom of something bigger.

If you haven’t given furnace maintenance any thought, here are 5 reasons why you should.

Save money this winterReason 1: You’ll save money

Just like summer energy bills are dictated by air conditioner usage, your furnace is a key driver in how much you’ll pay month-to-month.

You can’t go without your furnace (especially in January and February, when the average low temperature is -11.5°C), but you can get more efficiency out of it.

Regular WeCare Maintenance or Protection Plus visits gets rid of the gunk that’s clogging up your system:

  • Dust and dirt (especially true if you did a big renovation during the summer)
  • Hair (pet hair and human hair)

It’s not just the air filtration component of your system; pollutants can get caught in the burners too (which can be quite dangerous).

Add it up and your furnace has to work harder (by up to 20%) to heat your home.

And the harder it works, the more you have to pay to run it.

“I’ve been dealing with Haven for 16 years and love recommending them to my clients because I know the service is top notch.” – Sheila P.

Reason 2: Reduce untimely furnace repairs

Just like changing the brakes on your car, nobody wants to pay for furnace repairs.

The best way to combat that is to spot and address small issues before they become BIG PROBLEMS.

With regular maintenance, your furnace will never go too long without being looked at by a Haven Home ClimateCare professional.

These ongoing check-ups will help catch potential hazards early.

Equally important, they can help reduce a costly repair job into a simple part replacement service call.

“Ray has been coming to my place for the past 3 years and always been professional and straight with me in the condition of my furnace. Thank you Ray.” – Denis G.

Improve air qualityReason 3: Improve the air quality in your home

Do you – or anyone you live with – suffer from allergies or breathing issues?

Getting your furnace cleaned during a regular maintenance visit can definitely help with that.

Remember, your furnace is designed to spread warm air throughout your home. If the irritants mentioned earlier in this blog aren’t eliminated, then guess what?

That’s right: You’re breathing them in.

A dirty furnace can impact your indoor air quality and lead to things like:

  • Asthma aggravation
  • Skin rashes
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing and coughing

The air inside your home should be the cleanest and purest you breathe.

“Shannon was in for our 2017 yearly maintenance. It’s the 2nd time he has done maintenance for us and we have been completely satisfied with him. He provides great information and knowledge. He is always on time and is extremely polite and helpful. Thank you Shannon.” – Dan G.

And it will be when you schedule ongoing furnace maintenance.

Reason 4: Extend the lifespan of your furnace

Just like your car or household appliances, your furnace is a long-term investment. You want to get the longest life and most value you can from it.

Ongoing maintenance can help with that.

Let’s think about your car for a moment. After you drive it off the lot, you don’t just ignore its care and wait for it to break down.

Instead, you protect it with things like:

  • Oil changes
  • Replacing spark plugs
  • Tire rotations
  • Rustproofing
  • Cleaning the interior and exterior

Why not do the same with your furnace?

Regular maintenance takes care of things like:

  • Changing/cleaning the air filter
  • Inspecting the burners
  • Looking for gas leaks
  • Replacing worn out parts before they become hazardous

On average, furnace lasts between 15-20 years. But you can extend its lifespan (without throwing money down the drain) with consistent furnace care.

“ClimateCare has provided us with consistent great service. We know maintenance is so important on the furnace in order to make our investment last as long as possible. Our service tech makes everything easy to understand, ensures everything is working, but doesn’t try to sell us extra parts. Thanks, we will keep relying on you!” – Denise G.

Peace of mind for winterReason 5: Peace of mind

For many homeowners, the furnace is somewhat of an unknown appliance.

There’s gas inside. Flames. Electrical components. Motors.

And who knows what else.

The very last thing you want is for it to break down on the coldest day of the year and try to fix it yourself (you shouldn’t really).

With regular furnace maintenance, you’ll know that it’s been looked at and cared for by a trained, experienced technician.

Look, in winter, you’ve got plenty to think about.

The performance and reliability of your furnace shouldn’t be one of them.

“Another smooth service appointment. Great ‘peace of mind’ knowing my HVAC needs are being taken care of BEFORE something breaks! – Reinhard P.

Family safety in winterBONUS Reason: Family safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) is colourless, odourless and, unfortunately, very poisonous.

The symptoms of CO poisoning are quite similar to what people would feel if they had the common winter flu:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting

Unfortunately, the results are quite deadly.

Regular maintenance identifies the main cause of CO poisoning from a furnace (usually a cracked heat exchanger) and fixes it before disaster sets in.

After all, the element which keeps your family comfortable all winter long shouldn’t be the source of any risk.

“Every member of the staff at Haven Home Climate Care with whom we interacted, from the receptionist to the salesperson to the technician, were great to deal with and presented excellent skills. We would not hesitate to recommend Haven Home to anyone because of such a positive experience!” – Derek C.

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To recap, furnace maintenance:

  • Saves you money
  • Prevents costly repairs
  • Improves air quality
  • Gives you more value from your unit
  • Provides peace of mind
  • Protects your family

All good reasons to contact us with your questions or comments about establishing your very own furnace protection plan.

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