Ah, spring. Blue skies, cheerful birdsong, flowers in bloom…furnace tune-ups? Yes, we know, it’s a weird time to suggest scheduling a maintenance inspection of your furnace but hear us out.
Here’s Why a Furnace Tune-Up is Smart Any Time of Year
The blower needs to be inspected: Some of the same parts your HVAC system uses to keep you warm are the same parts that will keep you cool – namely, the blower assembly. Your indoor air handler distributes both warm and cool air around your home. It worked hard all winter and may need a refresh to keep up with the cooling demands of summer. During an annual inspection, an HVAC technician will check the motor, belt, shaft, bearing and capacitor to ensure the blower is operating properly and make any needed repairs.
Your thermostat may need to be calibrated: As a rule, there should be no more than 3° difference between what the thermostat says and what the temperature actually is. Several things can cause a thermostat to read your home’s temperature incorrectly, such as a faulty sensor. During a routine maintenance visit, a technician will test your thermostat to ensure its accuracy. This is also a good time to consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. By putting your HVAC system on a schedule, you can slash your heating and cooling costs by as much as 10%.
You’ll catch problems early: Wouldn’t you like to know that your furnace is primed and ready well before winter? Plus, it will be prepared for any unpredictable weather. The transition from winter to spring has been known to surprise us with sudden snowstorms here in Minneapolis. You’ll be glad you had your furnace tune-up.
You’ll beat the fall rush: Most homeowners wait until coffee shops start slinging pumpkin spice lattes before they even begin to think about scheduling a furnace tune-up. By then, HVAC technicians are busy, which means fewer convenient appointment times for you. By scheduling a tune-up now, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Get your air quality assessed, too: A routine furnace inspection is also a good time to ask your HVAC technician about how to improve your indoor air quality. During winter and summer, our homes are sealed up tight. Without an exchange of air, pollution accumulates inside. We can help you combat common sources of pollution with advanced air filtration and UV germicidal lights, ensuring your indoor environment is healthy and comfortable.
The furnace maintenance experts at Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® are available anytime of year to give your heating system a comprehensive inspection and tune-up. To schedule your appointment, call (763) 284-8639.