If we have to guess what type of furnace you have working to keep you and your family warm during the winters here in Illinois, our first guess would be a natural gas-powered furnace. And the odds are good we would be right, because gas furnaces are still the most common type of heating systems found in homes throughout the U.S. Gas furnaces are powerful, able to overcome the most intense winter chills, and the lower price of gas compared to other heating oils and electricity makes them attractive for cutting down on energy costs.
If you do have a gas furnace, right now is the time to have it professionally maintained. This inspection and tune-up is something that must be done annually!
Why is furnace maintenance necessary every year?
For starters, regular maintenance will keep a gas furnace safe. Although modern heating equipment manufacturers construct gas furnaces with safety as a main priority, there’s no way to make them 100% safe all the time. However, you can get close to 100% with annual maintenance. HVAC technicians are as concerned with your safety as you are, and their inspections focus on seeing that your furnace doesn’t have any potential hazards or require repairs (or full replacement) to improve its operation.
Aside from safety, regular maintenance is necessary to see that your furnace has the longest service life possible. You can expect from 15 to 20 years of solid heating comfort from a furnace that keeps current with maintenance. A furnace that lasts this long provides you with an excellent return on your original installation investment.
Finally, maintenance in the fall—before the winter cold arrives—is a way to protect the furnace from an abrupt breakdown during one of the coldest days or nights of the winter. You’ll have better peace of mind knowing that your furnace is in the best shape possible to make it through another Illinois winter without trouble.
Malek Heating & Cooling provides a great maintenance program to care for your HVAC system. We service Winnetka, IL and throughout Chicagoland.