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Monday, September 09, 2013

With the coming change of seasons, it's time to start thinking about what the climate will be outdoors and at home this winter. That's why fall is a good time to schedule a furnace tune-up.

Preventive Heater Maintenance

Maintenance of your furnace can lead to more efficient and effective operation, which in turn can lead to lower energy costs during the area's harsh winters.

As heating and cooling can make up the lion's share of a home's energy budget, it's even more critical to make sure your furnace is in peak operating condition.

Annual Furnace Maintenance Checklist

The comprehensive tune-up by a certified, skilled professional will cover your system from top to bottom, including:

  • Inspect and recalibrate controls and safety mechanisms.
  • Lubricate motors and bearings.
  • Measure and record temperature readings against factory settings.
  • Inspect pilot and fan switch.
  • Inspect and clean burners, as needed.
  • Inspect heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Inspect gas line for leaks.
  • Test thermostat; recalibrate as needed.
  • Measure carbon monoxide levels.
  • Replace consumables, such as filters.
  • Review findings with homeowner and make recommendations.

For more security, you also might consider a year-round maintenance contract to keep all of your HVAC equipment in peak operating condition.

Furnace and Boiler Upgrade

Of course, if purchasing a new system is on your horizon, consider an Energy Star-certified appliance; certification assures you of equipment that operates at peak efficiency, and in some cases, qualifies you for rebates or tax credits.

For a professional furnace tune-up and evaluation of your current system, your local Comfort24-7 contractor is your best choice for service in the Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan areas.

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