Heating season is here, which means that before too long you’re going to be using your heating system to keep you warm for multiple hours a day. There are a lot of things that you can do to get your home properly prepared for the heating season. One of the best things you can do, though, is to make sure that your heating system gets proper maintenance. Read on to find out why heating maintenance is so important for the health of your system, and why it’s important that you do it this season if you want to get the most benefit out of it.
Why Maintenance is so Important
Most of the issues that can affect your heating system are the kind of thing you won’t notice until it’s already caused a fair amount of damage. That’s the main reason that you don’t want to wait for symptoms of a problem to show up before addressing it. The best way to deal with a problem without waiting for symptoms is to schedule preventive maintenance.
Preventive maintenance gives your technician the opportunity to closely examine the system and isolate any problems that might be developing. Those problems can then be repaired before they have the opportunity to develop far enough to threaten the system. This can lessen the odds of a serious issue damaging your heating system by up to 90%, and increase its energy efficiency by up to 40%. Doing this consistently can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs over the life of your system. If you want to get the most out of your preventive maintenance, though, you need to be consistent about scheduling it every year.
Why Fall is the Best Time for Heating Maintenance
When you schedule preventive maintenance for your system does have an effect on how effective the maintenance is. Fall is typically the best time to schedule maintenance for your heating systems for a number of reasons. First, it ensures that your heater is in the best possible shape before it is subjected to the added stress of the heating season. Second, it allows you to take immediate advantage of the boost in efficiency that you get from the maintenance appointment.
It’s better to schedule maintenance later in the season than not to have it done at all, of course. So, if you are reading this a bit later in the fall or winter season and you haven’t had maintenance done yet, we still recommend that you do. You won’t be able to get quite as much mileage out of the efficiency bump, but at least you’ll be able to make sure that your heating system finishes out the heating season as healthy as possible.