Furnace Tune-Up Time
With the fun, hectic days of summer winding down, it’s likely that most of us aren’t thinking about the cold winter ahead. But, if your vision of a perfect winter includes sipping hot chocolate in your warm, comfy home while watching the snow falling gently outdoors, then you should take the necessary steps now to make that happen.
First, it’s not too early to schedule a furnace tune-up from a licensed HVAC contractor. If you have a gas furnace, make sure they can do a thorough inspection of the heat exchanger. This is the combustion area of your furnace that can leak carbon monoxide into the home if it is cracked or has areas where it has rusted through. Many contractors offer infrared video inspections of the heat exchanger at no extra charge, and this is the best way to insure that your gas furnace is operating safely this winter. Electric furnaces need cleaned, too. After the heating elements sit idle all summer long, they can collect a build up of dust and dirt, causing a burning smell when first used. While this is not harmful, a good cleaning can diminish this.
A furnace tune-up can not only ward off break downs, but will also help reduce your energy costs this winter. A clean furnace that has been properly lubricated, adjusted, and maintained will operate more efficiently than a furnace that has been allowed to collect years of dirt and grime. Replacing your furnace filters monthly, or even upgrading to a high efficiency filter will keep your furnace in tip-top shape for years to come, and can help you have the perfect winter.
Kandie Dinger is the owner of Action Air in Fishers. Visit www.actionairfishers.com to learn more about keeping your furnace clean and healthy.
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