Hey guys, Jamin here today and I’m really excited about getting to share this helpful reminder with you. In light of what we are going to talk about, I thought we should play a little name-that-movie game. So here is the movie quote. Ready?
“My old man was one of the most feared furnace fighters in Northern Indiana.”
“In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”
A classic movie (though I’m pretty sure from her refusal to watch it with me, Ashley doesn’t share the same point of view). In honor of “A Christmas Story” today, we are talking about your furnace and specifically, caring for your furnace.
Thankfully, most of us don’t have to fool with a furnace like Mr. Parker did. Or even an old coal or wood burning one.
The obvious question is why the need to talk about our more modern furnaces?
Here are two main reasons… not to cause worry, but to help raise awareness.
1. Carbon Monoxide
It’s toxic. Did you know that poorly maintained devices like boilers and furnaces can be a significant source of CO gas, but even a brand-new furnace can pose a hazard if improperly installed?
And that gas has the potential to leak into your house. Which is not only dangerous, but in some cases lethal.
2. Energy Loss
If your system is not running correctly or has not been tuned up, it could increase your energy cost for the unit up to 30%. That’s $30 for every $100 of your energy bill for the unit. Wow.
Thankfully there is a very easy remedy to both of these problems. As Dave Moody of Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning suggests, “An annual furnace tune-up will help identify and correct potential problems, as well as save homeowners extra money on energy bills.”
It’s as simple as having your unit tuned up, just like you would a car. It really is no different than getting a tune up before a long trip.
As we learned from Service Experts, “Although there is not usually ‘oil’ to change on heating and cooling equipment, there are standard maintenance steps for properly cleaning, lubricating and correcting the temperature control system,” and make no mistake they all get out of balance over time. A good tune up will clean and balance the equipment, and ensure all parts are operating as safe and efficiently as possible.
So while there might be a little money output on the front end, you will absolutely get it back in energy savings and peace of mind over a properly working unit.
These guys recommend you do this once a year.
Service Experts came to our home for a check up, and they did a fabulous job on our unit. Enter Jeremy, our newfound friend who was kind enough to climb into our attic for a routine checkup of the aforementioned furnace. He also let us take random photos of him. I’m pretty sure it’s not often he shows up for a tune up, and has two people standing over him in the attic. We were probably a little creepy. Don’t show up at our house, unless you plan to score a pic while you hang out in our insulation and drink sweet tea. That’s how we roll.
Our new friend Jeremy took the time to explain everything he was doing. He was even thoughtful enough to put on slippers when entering the house and pose for photo ops. Ashley was in love with the slippers.
During our tune up, we discovered a part that was right at the threshold of failure. It was still ok, but teetering on the outside of the acceptable range after years of use. We were able to replace it that day and won’t have to pay someone to come back out when it failed completely. This was a money saver and will continue to help keep us warm on these cold winter nights. (Yes, even in the tropics.)
While thinking about your Heating and air isn’t as fun as something like our Backyard Bliss or a Handmade Hideaway, it is very important, and well worth your time. It will protect your family and save on your energy bill.
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Stay safe this winter… and have an inspired day!