Grand Traverse County is mightily cold in the winter, and whether you overpay for comfort is largely a matter of how well-maintained your furnace is. An annual furnace inspection and tune-up will increase the efficiency of your system to lower your heating bills, reduce its impact on the environment and help prevent common problems during the heating season.
A reputable contractor will send out a skilled technician to perform, among others, these key tasks that will keep your furnace humming efficiently all winter long:
- Tighten electrical connections and inspect wires and terminals for corrosion and damage.
- Lubricate components that move to prevent friction.
- Clean and inspect the heat exchanger, gas lines and connections, and the burner assembly for efficiency and safety.
- Measure the flue gases to ensure they meet the specifications of the system, and inspect the vent stack or chimney flue for obstructions and damage that can result in potentially deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Measure the airflow for optimum comfort and efficiency.
- Clean and inspect the blower assembly.
- Test the electric control of the system to ensure it cycles properly.
- Test the thermostat to ensure accuracy, and calibrate it if necessary.
- Inspect the ductwork and seal any loose joints and repair any damage.
- Clean the condensate pan and flush the drain tube to prevent clogs.
While an annual furnace inspection goes a long way toward improving energy efficiency, it’s up to you to replace the dirty air filter every one to three months, depending on how quickly it fills up with dust. A clean filter will ensure proper airflow, protect your system’s components against damaging dust buildup, and keep the air in your home cleaner for better overall health.
Don’t forget these three essential fall tasks that will help ensure safety and comfort:
- Replace batteries in CO and smoke detectors.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans for better heat distribution.
- Seal air leaks that make your furnace work harder.
To schedule your furnace inspection with one of our skilled technicians, please contact us in the Grand Traverse County area at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace inspections and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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