Plumbing companies provide a range of plumbing, heating, cooling and ventilation services. Among these services is furnace maintenance. Although most people are thinking about air conditioning during summer's heat, this warm season is the best time for furnace checks. Read more to learn why it is a good time for you to call your plumber, too.
Early Attention Means Better Heating When It Counts
The saying goes, "The early bird catches the worm." The worm context here is a working heater that keeps your whole home warm. There is little worse as a homeowner than turning on your furnace for the first time in colder temperatures, only to find it does not work as it should.
To prevent this problem and avoid higher costs of home heating, have your plumbing company check your furnace twice yearly. Summer is the perfect time to prepare for the cold weather ahead through this routine maintenance.
Scheduling your HVAC maintenance is easier during late summer. You get ahead of the crowds and have your furnace in top shape before temperatures drop.
You Save Money in the Long Run
Summer furnace maintenance finds small problems before they worsen during heater use. By calling one of your preferred plumbing companies to perform furnace inspections and maintenance in warm weather, you enable them to find repair needs early.
Common problems like the pilot light being out can indicate bigger issues that take time to repair. If you wait until cold weather hits to fix these issues, you risk being cold and uncomfortable while the work is performed. You also risk the higher cost of needing emergency help during the busy season.
Routine maintenance performed during summer also helps you maximize the smooth operation of your furnace. When running at peak performance, your heater costs you less money due to improved efficiency. Routine inspections also prolong your system's life, meaning you have more time to prepare for furnace or parts replacement.
Steps to Prepare Your Furnace for Cooler Weather
During summer, you have the chance to perform some maintenance on your furnace, yourself. Some things do not require the help of professionals, which means the pros can focus on inspecting your furnace components, condition and repair, while you handle other routine duties. This summer, maintain your furnace by following the tips below.
Change the Filter
Change your furnace filter once every six months or more frequently, according to your HVAC unit's manual or MERV rating. A dirty filter breaks down the unit's efficiency and causes damage over the long term. Simply changing the filter as you should save you money on your utility bill year-round.
Visually Check the Unit
You should never attempt maintenance you are not trained and qualified to perform. Leave that to the professionals. But you can develop familiarity with your unit and its major parts by performing regular visual checks. Over time, you recognize signs of disrepair, such as loose wires, and know when to call plumbing companies for help. Just remember not to touch electrical parts or reach your hands into the unit.
Compare Furnace Costs
Summer is the right time to shop around for a new furnace and get the best pricing. If you are in the market for a new heater, start this process well before temperatures drop, which gives you more time and makes the process less stressful.
Turn Off the Pilot Light
Turning off the pilot light in summer is smart because you do not use the furnace for several months, which saves you a little money and helps reduce your fuel use, too.
Check the Carbon Monoxide Detector
A carbon monoxide detector keeps everyone in your home safe from dangerous furnace gas leaks you cannot see or smell. You should never let your detector fall into disrepair. Take the time to ensure it is operational in summer, to prepare for winter's furnace use. Buy more batteries to have on hand, too.
Revel In Being Ready for Cold Weather
When you feel prepared for changing seasons, you can relax when others feel pressured to keep their home climate comfortable. As a result of simple maintenance performed by you and your plumber in the summertime, you can focus on more important things while saving money at the same time.