4 Critical Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Tune-up
It’s hard to beat the feeling of kicking off your boots and relaxing in a warm, cozy home after a cold winter day. But that can be hard to do if your furnace goes out and you’re unprepared for those freezing temperatures. That’s why you should schedule a furnace tune-up each year.
Generators, space heaters, and a fireplace can get you by, but a furnace tune-up does more than ensure your home is comfortable during the long winter months. Below are four critical reasons you should schedule a furnace tune-up this fall:
Reason #1: Prevent Fire Hazards
If your furnace goes out this winter, you may choose to compensate with a space heater or generator. These are acceptable temporary solutions but using these unattended can be a serious safety hazard!
The National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, reported 81% of deadly residential fires involving heating equipment were caused by space heaters.
Rather than rely on a short-term fix, we recommend and encourage regular furnace tune-ups.
Pro Tip #1: Keep the area around your furnace clean. Always keep trash, paper, paint, and other flammable items away from your furnace.
Pro Tip #2: If you decide to use a portable space heater, do not leave it unattended, never use an extension cord with a portable heater, and look for one that has a tip-over shutoff function.
Reason #2: Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause severe illness or even death. It can come from gas and oil burning portable heaters, or a broken furnace.
When a certified technician worth their salt maintains and repairs your furnace, they will check for carbon monoxide leaks. At Western, our technicians go through an extensive 30-point inspection during a tune-up appointment, prioritizing your family’s safety.
Pro Tip #3: Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home. If you are getting a single carbon monoxide detector, place it near your sleeping area and make certain the alarm is loud enough to wake you up.
Reason #3: Prevent Illness
A poorly heated home is not only uncomfortable, but it can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
It leaves your family susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and even high blood pressure.
Make sure your furnace is in top working condition with an annual tune-up so your family can stay safe and healthy this winter.
Reason #4: Avoid Frozen Pipes
When pipes get too cold and the water freezes, they can expand to the point of cracking. Not only will this prevent you from having running water, but the pipes could burst! And if they don’t burst, when those pipes thaw out you may find leakage and water damage around your home. A functioning furnace is essential to help prevent frozen pipes.
You Have a Partner in Western
We understand how frustrating and inconvenient furnace issues can be. Not to mention costly, if not maintained properly!
When you partner with Western for your furnace tune-up, you know the job will get done right by a certified technician and is backed by our “No-Breakdown Winter Warranty”, our guarantee your furnace will last you all winter-long, with recommended repairs, or we will fix it for free.
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