A yearly furnace inspection will prolong the life of your HVAC system and save on your energy bills.

Before the cold weather hits, experts recommend having a professional service your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need it most.

An annual furnace inspection and service will prolong the life of the system, save energy and decrease health risks.

Benefits of a furnace inspection

Up to 75 percent of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold.

It can also be a health hazard. A furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. An estimated 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of exposure.

Not maintaining your furnace — whether it’s gas or electric — can cause it to run less efficiently, making it work even harder, therefore increasing your monthly energy bills, experts say.

What does a furnace inspection entail?

A furnace inspection consists of cleaning the heating system to improve efficiency and save money. HVAC technicians check all the controls for safety, which can give you peace of mind for the season. For every tune up, we make sure it’s running at peak operating performance, so it will be comfortable.

Other things that should be in a furnace check up:

  • Checking the thermostat settings to make sure the system is properly running.
  • Inspecting electrical connections and testing voltage on the system components to prevent any component failure in the future.
  • Lubricating moving parts.
  • Inspecting the condensate drain so it’s not obstructed.
  • Checking system start-up and shutdown controls for proper operations, as well as changing the filter.

 

Furnace inspections save energy

After an HVAC professional services the furnace, there are a few steps homeowners can take to keep it running smoothly. Most importantly, perhaps, is changing the air filter regularly, at least every three months, according to Energy Star, which is a branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A clogged air filter will restrict air flow, which can also negatively affect your health through exposure to environmental contaminates.

Another energy savings tip is using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on energy bills, if you dial it down seven or eight degrees from the normal temperature setting — the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 68 degrees — for eight hours a day, whether it’s during the work day or at night, according to DOE.

Don’t delay getting your furnace inspected and into working condition for this heating season. Contact Shamrock Heating and Air Conditioning today to get your furnace ready for the upcoming Chicago heating season.