The importance of HVAC maintenance should never be underestimated. Staying on top of preventative furnace maintenance is key to extending the life of the unit. It can also improve indoor comfort levels. Keep reading to learn about the many benefits of furnace maintenance in your Houston, Texas, home.

Optimize Proper Airflow

During a furnace maintenance session, a service technician will inspect the heating system to ensure there is optimal airflow. Dirty ductwork is often a culprit of limited airflow and can easily be addressed through duct cleaning. Limited airflow shortens the lifespan of the furnace by putting unnecessary wear and tear on it. It can also increase the number of repairs the furnace will need.

Enhance Your Safety and Health

Gas furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. If there is a leak, this can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the air. During furnace maintenance, the technician will inspect for gas leaks.

Always keep a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Leave your house immediately if the detector signals there are dangerous levels of gas in the air and contact your utility company or Maxx AC & Heating.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Another valuable reason to invest in heating maintenance is that it will improve the energy efficiency of the furnace. During the maintenance session, the technician will check your filter. Many homeowners don’t realize they’re using a filter that could be hindering energy efficiency. Be sure you’re using the correct MERV-rated filter recommended by your system’s manufacturer.

There are options available to improve indoor air quality without increasing heating expenses. One option is a whole-home air purification system. Another option is UV lamps, which are great for improving indoor air quality and killing germs.

Reduce Repairs

As your heating system gets older, it will inevitably need repairs as parts become damaged and worn. Many of these repairs, however, can be avoided through regular maintenance. Take for example the blower motor in the furnace becomes loose. Repairing the blower motor before it completely breaks is a great way to save money and avoid a costly part replacement.

Save Money on Heating Bills

Your heating system can account for up to 50 percent of your energy bill during the colder months. Furnaces with regular maintenance operate more efficiently, meaning they use less energy. This translates into lower heating bills. For many homeowners, a well-tuned furnace will save about 30 percent on heating expenses. Save even more by pairing the heating system with a programmable thermostat. Speak with one of our technicians at Maxx AC & Heating to learn more about programmable thermostats. You may discover you want a WiFi thermostat, which easily allows you to adjust the temperature from your smartphone.

Maintain Your Furnace Warranty

Regular furnace maintenance can be the difference in maintaining and voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. Most of today’s heating systems come with a standard 10-year warranty. This warranty, however, is often voided if DIY work is performed on the unit. To keep the manufacturer’s warranty in place, you must prove all work has been performed by a licensed HVAC technician.

Extend the Life of the Furnace

Lastly, furnace maintenance is crucial because it can extend the life of the heating system. Most furnaces last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, but this only applies to those with regular maintenance. Without furnace maintenance, your unit may not last a full 10 years. Replacing a furnace is expensive, but the life of the unit can be extended by several years with maintenance. Professional maintenance is also important because you can rest easy knowing you’ll receive quality advice. A professional technician can inform you when it’s best to replace the unit instead of putting more money toward costly repairs.

Maxx AC & Heating specializes in a variety of furnace maintenance services. Contact us today at (281) 338-2653 to schedule an appointment for maintenance on your heating system. We are here to help you save money on heating expenses and extend the life of your unit.

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