Your furnace is the heart of your home’s HVAC system. It’s what pushes treated air throughout your home to help control humidity, temperature, and overall comfort. Although you may take your furnace for granted throughout the year, preparing it for a long, cold winter is extremely important. Here are some signs that you need furnace repair before the heating season begins.
- Rising Energy Costs
Whether you have an electric or gas furnace, energy costs should be fairly consistent from year to year. If your heating costs have risen significantly when compared to last year’s costs, then hire a heating contractor to inspect your system for inefficiencies. Many factors in rising heating costs may be reversible and preventable with seasonal maintenance and repair.
- Thermostat Doesn’t Seem Accurate
If you find yourself constantly increasing the settings on your thermostat, it may be because your furnace isn’t responding properly. This generally indicates either an electrical problem or a failure to properly distribute heated air.
- Your Family Feels Ill
If you’ve noticed a change in your household’s health since the beginning of the heating season, then it’s important to have your furnace inspected by a heating contractor right away. Poorly maintained furnaces can severely decrease your home’s indoor air quality and produce toxic fumes, including carbon monoxide.
- Furnace is Approaching the End of Its Lifespan
Like all HVAC equipment, furnaces are expected to last a certain amount of time given regular maintenance and normal use. Typically, furnaces will last between 16 and 20 years, but it may expire much sooner if you fail to keep up with regular maintenance.
To learn more about preparing your furnace for the heating season, contact the heating contractors at Blue Dot Services of Maryland. Our repair technicians will conduct a thorough 21-point furnace inspection to make sure that your furnace is ready for a long winter. Call (410) 698-6465 today.