When you decide to buy or rent a furnace, it can be a big investment — almost like buying or leasing a car. You wouldn’t let your vehicle run without proper maintenance, right? The same goes for your furnace.
We nearly always recommend a furnace maintenance plan for several reasons.
- It will extend the lifespan of your furnace, helping you get more years out of it. (This will save you money in the long run.)
- It will lower your energy bill. If something has gone wrong, or your filter needs replacing, that can affect your furnace’s ability to work properly. This can make it work harder, which uses more electricity — which in turn raises your energy bills. (This will save you money in the short term.)
- It can resolve small problems before they turn into big ones. No one wants to wake up at 2 a.m. in -30 C weather to find that their furnace has stopped working. While there is always the possibility of an unforeseeable problem, regular maintenance will prevent most furnace-related catastrophes. (This will save you money, time, and stress.)
- It improves your indoor air quality. In the winter, doors and windows tend to stay tightly closed (for good reason!), so it’s not uncommon for people with allergies to suffer. Regular furnace maintenance can significantly help improve your air quality. Your furnace tech might also be able to recommend other add-ons that can help further, like a humidifier or air purifier. (This will save you stress — no one likes sneezing all winter long.)
- It gives you peace of mind when it comes to safety. We’re all for DIY projects, but when it comes to your heating and cooling system in general you should not try to do it yourself. Furnaces have a lot of moving parts and can be combustible. There’s also the risk of electrocution when working near exposed wiring. A professional will make sure the job gets done safely and will do further safety tests to make sure your system is secure. (This will save you time and stress).
- It can maintain your manufacturer’s warranty.
Some furnaces come with a manufacturer’s warranty that requires you to show service records indicating you’ve been taking care of it. It’s a good idea to take care of your furnace regardless, but especially so if this is part of your agreement. Read the fine print to understand your warranty should you need to cash in.
With a furnace maintenance plan, you have peace of mind, plus it’s one more chore off of your to-do list. And it’s recommended. The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) recommends your gas appliances be checked at least once per year by a professional technician.
Check with your heating and cooling contractor to see what kind of service plans they offer. Some (like us at HomeBridge Canada) have plans that include furnace and air conditioner maintenance.
Always make sure that you are working with a qualified professional contractor.
You can review our Service Plans at http://homebridgecanada.com/services/
Have any questions? Contact us today. We offer our services in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.
Call 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.