4 reasons why you need to check your furnace

October 18, 2019 | SECURA Insurance

The heat is on... We’re not talking about the classic Glenn Frey song (admit it — it's in your head right now); we’re talking about the heat in your home or business.

Furnaces are being fired up all over the country, and it’s vitally important to have your furnace inspected. Why?

Reduce your operating costs
Routine maintenance helps your furnace run as efficiently as possible. Homeowners should check furnace filters every month, but annual visits from a service technician will keep all the internal parts clean and lubricated.

Avoid costly problems
Regular maintenance helps uncover small problems before they turn into bigger repairs. A damaged part can put added stress on other internal components. Plus, you’ll pay more if you need an emergency service call. 

Keep your furnace longer
Dust, corrosion, and friction all increase the likelihood your furnace will fail prematurely. Proper maintenance will extend its’ life.

Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
Aside from the main furnace unit, make sure your furnace flue is clear and free of debris or other obstructions. (Some furnace flues extend through the roof while others go out the side of your home.) A blocked flue can cause carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases to accumulate inside your home.

Even if the flue isn’t blocked, your furnace might not be venting properly due to age or other home improvements you’ve made.

If you haven’t had your furnace serviced in several years, have that done now. A professional technician can detect any ventilation issues or other problems. You also should install a carbon monoxide detector nearby.

Read more: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home

You and your furnace both stand to benefit from regular, yearly service. A well-maintained furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable...and safe!