Many homes in Chicagoland use natural gas furnaces to provide heat during the often frigid and long winters. There is a good reason that gas furnaces are so popular: few heating systems can match them when it comes to sheer warming power. Plus, natural gas is a less expensive energy source than electricity and other heating oils, and it’s conveniently piped right into homes.
But before you turn on your furnace for the first time when winter arrives, you need to schedule maintenance for it during the fall. While the weather is still warm and you can take advantage of the less crowded schedules for HVAC technicians who aren’t busy seeing to heating emergency calls, arrange to have you furnace inspected and tuned-up.
Why furnace inspection is a wise idea
- It saves you money: If a furnace doesn’t receive regular annual inspections, it will start to rapidly wear down and cost more to run. You don’t want to lose one of the main advantages of a gas furnace, which is its high energy efficiency. Regular maintenance will help protect this. Maintenance will also prevent numerous future repairs, saving you both money and hassles.
- It lengthens equipment life: You want your home’s furnace to last for as many years as possible before it needs to be replaced. Thanks to annual professional maintenance, you can expect a gas furnace to continue working efficiently for 20 years—or perhaps more.
- It keeps the furnace as safe as possible: Modern gas furnaces are built with safety as a priority. But if a furnace doesn’t have routine check-ups, it becomes riskier to use. You don’t want to have to worry about a gas furnace that is leaking carbon monoxide, and professional maintenance will see that your furnace is in the best shape it can possibly be.