With winter coming on, it's time to start thinking about turning on the old furnace, and that means that it's time for your furnace's annual inspection and tune-up. Just like people need an annual physical from their doctor, you need to have a professional clean and inspect your furnace at least once a year.
Here are some of the reasons to do a pre-winter furnace tune-up:
Carbon Monoxide Buidup
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends pre-winter furnace tune up to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide in your house, which can potentially prove deadly.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that around 80 people die every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by malfunctioning heating systems across the nation. Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, it can build up to toxic levels before you're even aware that it's there. A furnace tune-up is a cheap and painless way to make sure that your family is safe this winter.
Clear Soot, Dust and Other Deposits
A pre-winter check can clear out soot, dust, and other deposits that can damage furnaces or lead to inefficient heating. Buildup on the firing mechanisms of sensors and pilots can cause damage to the furnace that is costly to repair, and if a furnace becomes jammed it may have to be dismantled entirely to fix it. A pre-winter inspection can not only prevent safety issues, but also head off the majority of causes of heating system failures.
Taking care of problems before they start is always a good idea, but it's especially helpful when you're dealing with heating and winter. The middle of winter is the busy season for furnace repair, which can lead to long waits. That can mean a cold house, and worse. If the temperature drops low enough, pipes can freeze and burst, which can lead to flooding and cause substantial damages. Fixing a broken furnace in winter is bad enough, fixing broken pipes is a whole lot worse.
Contact Us Today!
Here at A. Borrelli, we know furnaces, we know what to look for, and we'll make sure that your furnace is up to snuff and ready to heat your house and keep you safe and warm no matter how cold it gets. When the snow is falling and the wind is blowing, you don't want to have to worry about your furnace, you just want to curl up with your family and some hot cocoa and trust that things will work as they should.
When it comes time to get your furnace checked out, remember that A. Borrelli is your source for HVAC in Westchester.