There’s a reason that around 65 percent of American households heat their homes with furnaces. The forced-air heating system delivers that kind of whole-home comfort that you can depend on to keep your family warm and cozy when temperatures fall, particularly in regions like Deerfield, IL, that experience harsh winter weather. Without proper maintenance, however, a fuel-burning furnace not only operates less efficiently and drives up your heating bills but can pose safety and health risks to your family as well. Whether your heating system is a furnace, a boiler or an innovative geothermal heat pump, the time to schedule regular heater maintenance is now.

Safety and Health Concerns

A fuel-burning furnace generates heat by burning natural gas, oil or propane in a sealed combustion chamber. Without a regular furnace tune up, by-products created during the combustion process can eat away at the walls of the chamber, causing holes that allow harmful substances to leak into your home. Gaps and holes can also develop in the pipes designed to exhaust by-products like dangerous carbon monoxide out of your home. Because regular cleaning helps protect your family from fire danger and carbon monoxide poisoning, both the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommend that homeowners keep their furnaces well maintained.

The Many Benefits of a Preventive Maintenance Plan

When you enroll in a preventive maintenance program, you enjoy the convenience of scheduled visits and predictable costs as well as the peace of mind of knowing your furnace is getting proper care. Other benefits include:

  • Lower Operating Costs. Even a dirty air filter can force your heating system to run longer than necessary. Routine maintenance helps keep all of the components of your furnace operating at peak efficiency, significantly reducing your monthly heating bills.
  • Savings on Repairs. During a maintenance visit, a skilled HVAC technician can often resolve any problems with your system on the spot. You’ll save money on labor and material costs, and you’ll avoid the expense of a future emergency repair as well.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality. In the winter, your furnace also serves as an air filtration system. Without proper cleaning, dust and debris can accumulate and circulate throughout your home. Scheduled maintenance services help limit the amount of contaminants that flow through your home’s living spaces.
  • Longer Service Life. Just as your car lasts longer with regular tune-ups, your heating equipment benefits from consistent care as well. A well-tuned furnace can last up to twice as long as a neglected heating system.

At Carefree Comfort, Inc., we offer maintenance plans that are customized to meet your household’s specific comfort needs. To get started, check out our ongoing specials that can include a discount on your first service visit. Our expert technicians are experienced in servicing all types of heating equipment, from a boiler tune up to heat pump checkups. To learn more or to schedule service, contact the pros at Carefree Comfort, Inc. today.