In the U.S., energy costs eat between five and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income, Illinois consumers’ average monthly energy bill is $280. Thankfully, many homes heat with gas. The state is also first in Natural-Gas Consumption per Consumer. However, if you have an eclectic unit, your bills are bound to be much higher.
During the bitter cold of the winter months, you will be glad you have a properly working furnace that will keep your home nice and toasty. A furnace is an incredibly complex piece of machinery; many components need to be working together to keep your house warm.
When a furnace starts to fail, there will be a few warning signs that can give you early notice– keep an eye (and a nose) on it so that you can contact a heating contractor to inspect the furnace and make any necessary repairs before temps dip.
A properly working furnace will heat your home with the steady, continuous blowing of warm air. However, if your furnace is starting to go out, the blower will begin to cut out before reaching the desired temperature.
Strange knocking or other irregular noises coming from your furnace can indicate a system on the verge of failure. If you start smelling odd odors coming from your heating registers, this could be a sign of a system on the brink. Oil, dust and broken fittings could be sitting on the heating element and causing more damage.
Statistics show that 75 percent of all emergency furnace calls are due to poor maintenance. The last thing you want to deal with when Illinois temperatures dip below freezing is a broken furnace. When you proactively have a technician service your unit before the season, you can be sure that any failing issues will be addressed:
Check your heating system regularly. A poorly maintained furnace can also be a safety hazard. Clogged vents can cause a fire. Poor ventilation can result in carbon monoxide buildup – and that can be deadly. At the very least, you could be paying more than you need to in winter heating bills simply because your furnace is being maintained. Avoid the cost and danger of furnace problems this winter with a pre-season inspection and maintenance protocol.
Large appliances like furnaces and air conditioners are a significant investment. Wouldn’t you want to protect your investment and ensure it lasts as long as possible? At All Season’s Heating & Cooling, we have developed a maintenance program to help you save on regular maintenance costs. Our maintenance program includes routine inspections, tune-ups, and other services to make sure your systems are performing efficiently. There are real financial benefits to selecting a maintenance package, as you will save money and prolong the life of your unit.
Late Summer is a great time to get your furnace serviced. All Season’s Heating and Cooling recommends that you schedule tune-ups when switching from heating to cooling or from cooling to heating to maximize your comfort AND save money. At All Season’s Heating & Cooling, each HVAC technician is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We offer emergency repair services and installation and maintenance warranties.