Let’s face it. “Florida” and “cold” are rarely words we see used in the same sentence. It’s true, our winters are relatively mild when you compare them to what the rest of the country experiences. Still though, when our temperatures drop, the drastic difference is enough to make us feel chilly. While 60°F is “nice” to those who live in the Midwest, it’s downright arctic to us!
Alright, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the point is, we need fully functional and efficiently operating heating systems in our homes to stay comfortable in the wintertime. But how can you ensure that yours is fully functional and is operating as well as it can? Well, with maintenance!
So, yes, heater maintenance is worth it. But don’t just take our word for it and stop reading here! Continue on as we uncover why you should call for heater maintenance today if you haven’t done so in a year or longer.
The Advantages of Routine Heating Maintenance
We typically recommend that customers have their heaters maintained every fall, before they need the system the most. But consistency is actually more important than timing. So long as your furnace is maintained each year (or if you have a heat pump, twice a year) you should be able to keep your heater in relatively great shape, and you’ll achieve the following:
This is particularly true if you have a gas-powered heater. That’s not to say that gas-powered appliances are inherently dangerous. They aren’t. However, if yours is not well cared for, it could become dangerous. This is because it has components like heat exchangers, which can become damaged over the years and therefore allow combustion gasses to leak out.
Among the most dangerous of these combustion gasses is carbon monoxide (CO). There will always be a little CO in the environment, but in concentrated amounts, and in your home, it has the potential to become deadly, if at least not making you ill.
Increased System Efficiency
Without routine maintenance sessions, the energy efficiency of your heating system will start declining. This will cost you a lot of extra money you weren’t planning on spending, on energy bills and the like. Maintenance keeps your heater running at peak operation. In fact, maintenance can help your heater avoid up to 85% of the repairs it may ever need in its lifespan!
Remember how we said that maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs your heater may ever need in its lifespan? It’s true! This is because our technicians are able to detect small repair needs and alert you to them right away so you can get them managed before they turn into much bigger emergency repair needs, or even a system breakdown.
And speaking of that service life… when a heater needs less repairs, it tends to mean it experienced less wear and tear over the years, and that means it will last its intended lifespan. A heater that is mostly ignored throughout the years may last 7-9 years while one that is properly cared for could give you 10-15 years of useful service life!