Although nearly all manufacturers recommend having an annual or bi-annual heating tune-up performed by a qualified heating and A/C technician, far too many homeowners fail to have these inspections done.
We all know that exceeding an auto manufacturer’s recommended mileage for oil changes, and going years without a dental checkup can have catastrophic results. But when it comes to our home heating systems, many people have an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude.
The truth of the matter is, your home heating system is made up of a number of highly sophisticated mechanical and electrical components that require routine maintenance in order to perform at peak efficiency and prevent premature failure. A plugged drain line alone can lead to hundreds of dollars worth of damage and can create the ideal environment for mold growth which can lead to respiratory complications – especially for young children, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions such as allergies and asthma.
What’s Included in a Heating Tune-Up?
Equally as dangerous as not having your heating system tuned up on a regular basis, is having it inspected by a cut-rate contractor. The service you can expect when you purchase a $29 Groupon deal is typically not going to be the same as what you’ll receive from an $80 heating tune-up. In short, you get what you pay for. And your family’s comfort and safety are no place to skimp on cost.
You should also be aware that the terms “tune-up”, “inspection”, “maintenance” and “safety check” are often used to describe the various services performed by different heating and A/C companies, and comparing them isn’t usually an apples-to-apples proposition.
When scheduling your heating tune-up, you should always ask what’s included in the price. Any reputable heating and air conditioning contractor will be happy to provide you with a list of the systems and components. You should also make sure that the heating and A/C company your considering is licensed and insured. It’s also a good idea to read online reviews, including the company’s rating with your local Better Business Bureau.
Bottom line? Having an annual heating tune-up will protect you from the expense of unexpected repairs, and make your home a safer, more comfortable environment for your entire family.
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