An important lesson in life is not to be caught unprepared at the last moment. So is with home or office heating and air conditioning systems. Leaving routine heating maintenance to the wind and chance is downright foolish. It’s dangerous as well as costly.
Everyone knows that the cost of gasoline has hit the roof. So is with home heating fuels which although gas prices have gone up and down and guaranteed to be more costly and expensive than last year. Not having routine heating system maintenance done ahead of time, long before winter’s chill is like putting you in a position of a chicken with it head cut off. It looks heroic and great but ultimately is a poor use of time and energy. . Perhaps you had a boss who planned ahead or did not plan ahead. Remember all the wasted time and energy spent. So is it with your home or office heating systems.
It you wait for the last moments so to speak when the snowflakes are just beginning to fall it can be an expensive and time wasting bargain. Worse yet at the time when your furnace malfunctions you run the risk of frozen pipes, extensive damage to your property There may even be additional costs to this equation – such as time taken off of work or even extensive expensive cell phone charges . Worse yet you may have to deal with an angry as well as frozen wife, family members, pets and perhaps even tenants.
To make the whole situation worse you will be at the mercy of the heating contractor or furnace man. Gouge city. You will not be in a very good negotiation position at all. It’s like a situation of a gun to your head. Pay the repair people their pound of flesh or risk extensive property damage and costs. Forget about shopping around for the best furnace deals. You will not have any time to make up your mind or comparison shop for the best product and price. What you will be offered you will gladly take. You may well not overpay, but get poor service in the bargain (or non bargain). It will be almost as if you have to get on your hands and knees in the cold to beg and plead with the serviceman to get the diagnosis and repairs done on your furnace and heating system.
It is best now to prepare your furnace for the upcoming cold weather. You can count on three things in life – taxes, winter and mean relatives. It is best to call your heating contractor to have a qualified technician check, clean and lubricate your heating system. For safety, reliability and efficiency it is important to have your furnace and heating system in peak operating condition before the heating season begins. A malfunctioning furnace that uses natural gas, propane, wood or oil can create the potential for dangerous and deadly carbon monoxide problems. A tune up can help prevent and catch this – and make your furnace run more efficiently – thus saving you money.
In addition there re other ways that can keep your essential and often not thought of furnace ready for use. Inspect furnace filters regularly: then clean and replace them as required. Of course it is always best to use the correct and appropriate filters for your furnace. Always keep the area around your furnace clear, uncluttered and unobstructed.
Your furnace needs to breathe just like you. Never ever store flammable materials and liquids like paint, solvents, cleaners or gasoline in the same room as your furnace.
It is best to have your furnace cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional once a year and not your handy cousin Raymond. Always make sure to keep the return air grilles and supply air registers of your home heating system properly vented m clean and unobstructed. Lastly always operate your furnace according to the manufactures.
Why wait for spring or in this case a cold winter? Prepare your furnace now for winter.
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