Cooler weather has arrived in Fredericksburg, VA, and soon you’ll be turning up the heat to keep your home comfortable through the wintertime. Before you reach for the thermostat, it’s a good idea to schedule heating maintenance for your furnace or heat pump. Read on to learn how routine maintenance can save you money, keep you comfortable and benefit your home.
Increase Energy Efficiency
During the late autumn and through the winter, you’ll rely on your heating system to keep you warm. However, you don’t want to pay more for your energy costs than you need to. Routine maintenance improves your heating system’s energy efficiency. A well-maintained heat pump costs about 25% less to operate, explains the Department of Energy. That adds up to hundreds of dollars of savings for the heating season.
Regular heating system maintenance also improves the airflow in your home. The tune-up visit includes checking the air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Dirty air filters impede airflow. This creates cold areas in your home. The fall visit in Total Comfort’s maintenance program includes cleaning the sensors, coils and burner. Cleaning these interior parts also improves your home’s indoor air quality, so you’ll breathe more easily during cold and flu season.
Identify Worn Parts
Heat pumps have a lifespan of about 12 to 15 years, and furnaces last for about 20 to 25 years. Once your heating system gets close to these ages, its parts will have a lot of wear. The last thing you’ll want to deal with is a broken heating system on a cold autumn or winter night. A fall tune-up of your heating system allows technicians to identify parts that are worn and replace them. This avoids a disruption to your comfort later in the season.
To learn more about how routine maintenance benefits your home, take a look at Total Comfort’s heating maintenance services, or contact us today for additional details.