Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Wayne Krasnow
"So the answer is NO... Maintaining your heating system really doesn't cost you anything."
Having your furnace maintained by a professional technician will ensure that it's working when you need it most. A tune-up prevents those untimely breakdowns that can leave you and your family out in the cold.
Think of your Heating system like a car. It has a motor and runs off a certain type of energy. In the same way that you change your car's oil, spark plugs, recharge the battery, etc, these Heating systems also need regular attention to run efficiently and effectively.
The very best idea for central heating maintenance is to have a service professional out to give your system a checkup. HVAC contractors regularly handle these exact tasks, and they can provide you with a thorough check of your system and ensure that it will run effectively all winter.
It is important to have your air filters replaced or cleaned at least twice per year. This will not only make you breathe a little better in your home, but it will also keep your home from being so dusty. Checking your furnace filters each month is also a good idea.
Dirty air filters are the primary cause of heating system failure, causing your unit to run less than efficiently and possibly break down.
As with air conditioning, make sure there are no drapes, furniture, or plants blocking the vents. Proper flow of air from the vents will ensure that the heat coming from the system will get out into all the spaces that need it.