Both sould be done before winter. This is the time of year that if you have underground sprinkling you better get the
water in the lines blown out. It's one of those Fall time 'to-do's' that have bad consequences if you forget. There's a window of time to get it done. Lots of URGENCY, right?
The point I want to make is having your furnace tuned up should be right up there when it comes to home maintenance; should be common sense. I know you may be thinking that I haven't had a tune up for years and my furnace still comes on and heats my home without 'catastrophic' damage. I get that.
What most homeowners don't understand is there's a risk of death component from carbon monoxide poisoning whenever you have gas in your home. Obviously, that's a much greater consequence than your underground sprinkling cracking from the water freezing up in the winter.
A furnace tune up is kinda like changing the oil in your car. Seriously, who goes 6,000, 7,000 or 10,000 miles without changing you oil?
Unfortunately, we see too many (91%) who do that very thing with their furnace. Regular maintenance is just as important, and it's not just what we are saying.
PATH, (Partnership for Advancing Technology In Housing), states this, "In most homes, heating, air conditioning, and domestic hot water systems are typically ignored until they malfunction" We agree!! From our perspective, that's exactly what we see day in and day out. That doesn't make sense to us.
Here are the 4 most important reasons to schedule a furnace tune up:
Avoid The Threat Of Carbon Monoxide. The furnace tune-up is first about the occupants safety. You want to make sure you don't have any lurking unsuspecting health threats. Think about it, you're pumping natural gas(or LP gas) in your home to meet up with a flame....Combustion-based heating systems consume oxygen and produce heat along with two primary combustion products (carbon dioxide and water vapor). There are also unwanted combustion byproducts, including carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and smoke. That's why inspecting the heating system for cracks and failed seals is worth the Tune-Up. You do not want flue gases to escape into the home.
Avoid The 'Got NO HEAT' When Can You Fix It' Emergency! Most calls we get start with, "Ughh.. what a nuisance." Life is very busy and it's not worth letting it run until the inevitable. People want peace of mind.
Ensure Efficient Performance, Saving You $$. According to major industry studies conducted by Utilities, 75% of installed A/C equipment are improperly charged. A/C Systems with a 20% undercharge of refrigerant can DOUBLE your utility bills…That's why we say your electric bill may be burning a hole in your pocketbook. Refrigerant undercharge is hard on your compressor. It needs to be tested and charged correctly. An industry term used by some technicians is not acceptable for our tune ups. It's known as the 'beer-can-cold' hand test; that just doesn't cut it.
Prevent Premature Failure Of Your System. Because of notoriously poor specification and installation, HVAC equipment tends to operate inefficiently and deteriorate faster than necessary through problems such as over-sized equipment, excessive cycling, improper operating temperatures and leaky or faulty ducts.