Keep your furnace healthy with a checkup
Enjoying a hot bowl of homemade chili can provide the perfect remedy to fight off the winter chill. Of course, if your furnace isn’t cooking, that fire in your belly won’t be worth a hill of beans.
Highly rated heating and cooling specialists on Angie’s List offer some savory advice to keep your furnace healthy.
Not only will these three tips help prolong its life, they’ll also save you money on your energy bills. That’s something we all can relish.
1. Get annual inspections
We’ve heard from a number of heating contractors on Angie’s List who say up to 75 percent of their emergency “no-heat” calls are related to a lack of maintenance. An annual inspection and preventive maintenance service can help pinpoint potential problems early and keep your unit in good working order. Expect to pay between $60 and $85.
2. Change your filters
This is something that should be done during the annual service, but it’s also something many homeowners can easily do themselves. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines for how frequently to replace your filters. Energy Star recommends changing them every three months. Doing so will help keep your system clean and running efficiently, meaning it will use less energy, as well as improve your indoor air quality.
3. Hire smart
Heating systems are complex, so make sure you hire the right professional. Many states have licensing requirements for heating and cooling contractors. Check Angie’s List or your local licensing agency to see if the company is licensed, bonded and insured, and be sure to check reviews and references.