December 17, 2013
It's been a warm holiday season in San Diego, but is your heating system ready to welcome the chill likely to visit us come January? This time of year tends to be one of the most important gathering times for most families. The last thing you want to encounter is the failure of your furnace when friends and family members are gathered together under your roof. Although the weather tends to be typically mild in San Diego, we can occasionally experience some cold evenings. By ensuring that your heating system is ready, you'll have one less thing to worry about during the holidays and into the new year!
Heating System Safety Checks
The key to avoiding problems with your heating system during this time of year is to prevent such problems before they even occur. One of the best ways to do that is to have an HVAC specialist perform annual safety inspections and tune-ups (before extreme weather hits). This way you can diagnose and prevent any potential problems before they are more costly. Compared to the hassles and costs that could result if your heating system goes on the fritz (usually causing more damage to parts and happening during high-demand times), a preventative check can prove to be an excellent value.
Regular Furnace Tune Ups for Optimal Efficiency
Even if your home heating system appears to be functioning just fine, you could be overpaying for utilities and actually wasting energy if the heating system is not working as efficiently as it should. Estimates indicate that approximately 50% of all heating systems in the United States do not perform to their advertised efficiency and capacity. This is often due to improper installation or wear and tear. Additionally, if you have an older system that was built prior to current efficiency standards, you could actually be spending more money than is necessary on heating bills. Regular tune-ups will uncover any of these issues and prolong the life of your system. If you decide to replace your heating system, it is important to ensure it is properly installed by a certified professional (and don't forget to check for proper licensing and adequate liability insurance).
Other Steps to Heating Your Home Efficiently
Beyond ensuring that your heating system is properly installed, there are also several other steps which you can take on your own to ensure your heating system is ready for any bad weather that might come your way. Begin by making certain that your heating filters are clean. Ideally, they should be checked every couple of weeks. Having a programmable thermostat installed in your home can also ensure that the temperature is better regulated. This will likely help lower your utility costs, as well.
By ensuring that your heating system is ready for optimal efficiency, you will have greater peace of mind and take advantage of savings. Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air offers professional heating repair services. Our team is fully licensed and well insured. We even offer simple VIP Maintenance packages, so you don't have to remember when it's time for annual services like tune-ups and safety inspections. For more information about our home heating services or to schedule a service, call us or make an appointment online.