Your heating and air conditioning system serves you many more hours than your car, and like your car, needs routine cleaning to operate in an efficient, safe, and reliable manner.
Did you realize your heating and cooling system operates approximately 3,300 hours per year. To put this “run time” in perspective, a car driven for the same 3,300 hours at 65 miles per hour would travel 214,500 miles. No one, except maybe the driver above, would consider such a journey without arranging for oil changes, lubrication, and routine tune-ups along the way to assure the efficiency, safety, and reliability of the vehicle.
There are a few things the homeowner can do to help the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling systems:
- Old and dirty filters make your furnace work harder, cuts down on overall performance and efficiency, and in some cases creates unsafe situations. Central recommends replacing your filters a minimum of twice a year, especially when we experience repeated colder than normal temperatures and your furnace is working overtime to keep you comfortable and warm.
- To ensure your furnace is distributing heat evenly throughout your home, check your registers to make sure there is nothing blocking these areas and they are open.
- Have your ductwork professionally cleaned. Think about never dusting your home’s furniture! The same dust build-up and grime happens inside the ductwork of your heating and cooling system, and then when your system turns on, it filters this dust throughout your home. Have this done at least every five years.
- Anytime you smell gas, immediately turn off the gas to your home and call our local gas company to come out and check for leaks. This can be very dangerous and deadly. Recently a home in Salt Lake City exploded and an entire family of five was lost due to a gas leak from their furnace.
Preventive maintenance helps ensure your furnace is running at peak performance and helps protect against the possibility of it breaking down when the cold weather hits and our technicians are overbooked. One of the beautiful concepts of living in our Valley is the changing seasons, which can bring extreme temperatures as we experienced this past summer with the crazy hot weather.
There are several moving parts to your home’s heating and cooling system that should be professionally maintained yearly. Central provides a comprehensive furnace inspection for all our customers. Considering your furnace is one of the most expensive systems in your home, and could cost as much as your car, this is a sound investment. Preventive maintenance extends the life of your system, increases your overall safety and efficiency and will pay for itself over time. Call today to schedule your annual furnace check up!
Whether you are in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, Columbia Falls or anywhere else in the Flathead Valley. . .As always, your Comfort is our Central concern. Call 406-756-6656 for all your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain cleaning needs.