Tune-Ups for Heating Systems Are Essential Preparation for Winter
(Rock Hill, SC) (November 1, 2014) – When winter temperatures dip to low levels, homeowners in Rock Hill will be counting on their home heating systems to keep them safe and comfortable. That’s why a local residential contractor recommends that they prepare these systems in advance for the heavy load they’ll be carrying.
“Human nature is out of sight, out of mind,” said Danny of Parker Heating and Air Conditioning. “Many homeowners don’t give their furnaces or heaters a second thought until they’re in need. The trouble is, when complex equipment sits idle for many months, dust collects, parts shift around and connections loosen, and homeowners can be in for the very uncomfortable surprise of an unexpected, untimely repair call.”
To avoid this outcome, Danny recommends a preseason tune-up on the home heating system – and a thorough tune-up at that. “With Parker Heating and Air Conditioning tune-up, we don’t leave a stone unturned,” he said. “Ours includes a complete cleaning and a 14-point adjustment that resets the system to top condition. It’s so thorough that we’re comfortable making a guarantee that if a system needs repairs this winter after getting this service, we’ll refund every penny of the tune-up.”
Parker Heating and Air Conditioning’s tune-up also includes an important indoor air review, Danny noted. “Especially with non-maintained heating equipment, there’s a real danger that carbon monoxide leaks can cause serious health issues for families. The tune-up takes care of the areas in the system that could produce CO, and the indoor air review gives you some peace of mind about what your family may be breathing.”
Energy savings are another factor in routine system maintenance. “Heating and air conditioning take up almost half of a home’s energy bills,” Danny said. “But a tune-up like Parker Heating and Air Conditioning can reduce energy waste. That’s part of our guarantee too for folks who schedule this service by November 29, 2014 – that they’ll save more than the cost of the tune-up in energy use.”
The Cost of Neglecting Your Home Comfort System
Looking at cost is more than seeing a price tag. Take the annual tune-ups for your heating equipment. If you apply a small percentage of the value of the equipment in routine annual maintenance, your investment reduces your energy expenses, saves on repairs and takes care of you longer.
That’s a pretty sweet deal.
However, if you neglect to routinely take care of your furnace, you incur issues both seen and unseen that can cause breakdowns, waste energy and develop potentially dangerous problems for you and your family. Here are just a few areas where neglect can prove so costly.
Energy use increases. When dirt clogs your system, it has to work harder to keep you warm. Less efficiency means higher operating costs. In fact, energy experts say that your energy costs can be reduced by 30 to 35 percent when heating equipment is serviced regularly and properly maintained.
Equipment life is shortened. With all that dirt and grime causing efficiency problems, your system is running longer and more often. Thus, the parts feel the pressure, and they’ll wear out sooner. Even a small problem that goes undetected for a long period of time can lead to an earlier than normal system failure – or cause breakdowns with big repair bills.
Preserving your manufacturer’s warranty. Heating and cooling systems are big-ticket home improvements that come with long-term warranties. But many of these warranties require routine maintenance to keep them in effect. Don’t risk losing your warranty due to neglect.
Protecting your family’s safety. This may be the last “cost” in this list, but certainly ranks highest in what matters most. An unmaintained system can put you at risk of a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Loose electrical connections in an unmaintained system can also create a fire hazard. Neither are worth the risk of neglecting routine maintenance.