The daily temps are falling which can only mean one thing: WINTER IS COMING.

No not a Game of Thrones winter but an IOWA winter.

Heating the home is starting to become a priority for many families and turning on the furnace for the first time of the year can reveal a potential furnace problem. The best way to avoid any potential furnace problem is to prevent them. The simplest and quickest way to prevent furnace problems is to have an HVAC technician from BEST Heating, Cooling and Electric come out to your house.

While our HVAC technician is there the technician will inspect the furnace to determine if there is a part or parts that may need to be replaced including the filter. Regular replacement of the filter can prevent the biggest issues from occurring in your heating system. A furnace pulls air through the filter to produce a comfortable heating environment. Over time the filter naturally becomes clogged with airborne particles such as dust, animal hairs, and even our skin cells. The more dust there is the harder the furnace has to work to pull the same amount of air. This causes an energy inefficiency that can shorten the life of your heating system and increase the heating bill.

The filter is one example; however, there are multiple parts that make up a heating system and efficiency problems can arise at any point. Our professional service technicians can help you determine the best course of action for improved heating efficiency including having your system maintained on a yearly basis.

Annual furnace maintenance keeps the furnace dependable and working efficiently. Having a dependable furnace during those coldest of nights while you and the family sleep is something a homeowner should always have. Annual furnace maintenance can spot a small furnace issue before it becomes a BIG furnace issue. Big furnace issues when it’s freezing is not what a homeowner needs because we all know that it will happen when you least want it to happen. Having a yearly maintenance program with us can prevent those BIG issues from happening during a family gathering or waking up shivering before work.

Remember earlier when I mentioned the filter catches our own skin cells? Annual furnace maintenance is also a healthy safeguard. Air filters do an amazing job of filtering out those airborne particles. Airborne particles are not just those three I mentioned earlier either. Bacteria and viruses are among those airborne particles trapped by your furnace filter. However, over time the catch rate of the filter decreases if the filter is not replaced with a new one. This can cause unnecessary respiratory problems, diseases, and general discomfort for anyone that comes into the house. A well-maintained system keeps the air clean and helps prevent such problems from occurring.

Finally, furnace maintenance can also save lives. This is in our eyes is the biggest issue that can arise from your heating system which is why we left it for last. CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic gas produced as a by-product of combustion. Any gas burning appliance, vehicle, tool or other device has the potential to produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas. Normally, carbon monoxide is filtered out through ventilation exhaust, however, leaks can and do happen. Exposure to CO can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. Depending on the parts per million (PPM) carbon monoxide leak coming from your furnace it can ultimately lead to death. Unfortunately, we have all heard or watched the news about a family that was tragically lost due to a carbon monoxide leak. Furnace maintenance is fortunately inexpensive and can be performed quickly by a licensed HVAC service technician.

At least once a year, we suggest that homeowners schedule a licensed tune-up for the heating system in their home. Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler.

A licensed HVAC professional from BEST Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. can help you and your family avoid all these issues associated with your heating system. They can also determine the integrity of the heating system giving you and your family peace of mind.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at BEST Heating, Cooling and Electric, Inc. at 515-262-8055.

We have been on BEST’s preventative maintenance program for around 7 years. Our existing system is 15 years old and we have not had any repairs or breakdowns. Keeping it cleaned and tuned up does make the equipment last longer. 7/16/2017
William P. Urbandale, IA

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