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Why Regular Tune-Ups Are Essential for your Furnace

Whether your Alexandria home is equipped with a gas furnace or an oil furnace, the heating system serves one essential purpose: to keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter season. Depending on how well they are maintained, furnaces in Alexandria have a limited lifespan of 10 to 20 years. Annual tune-ups and cleanings can help extend the life of your furnace, so you shouldn’t neglect this important home maintenance step. Furnace tune-ups can help you:

Keep Your Energy Bills Down
A clean, properly tuned furnace will run more efficiently than a dirty unit. You can help keep the furnace in your Alexandria home clean by changing the filter once a month during heating season, but some dirt particles will inevitably get past the filter and into the internal mechanisms. When the blower and associated parts are clogged or dirty, the furnace will not efficiently deliver all the heat it generates to the different rooms in your home. A furnace tune-up and cleaning ensures that you enjoy the maximum heat benefits from the gas or oil you burn, so you can use less fuel to produce the same amount of heat. The less fuel you use, the lower your utility bills are.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Particles that get past the filter not only hamper your furnace’s efficiency—they can also pollute the air inside your home. Pet dander, pollen, and simple dust can accumulate inside the blower, where they can then get into the air ducts and contaminate the air inside your home, causing respiratory problems for individuals with allergies or sensitivities. Additionally, an improperly functioning furnace can emit toxic fumes, such as carbon monoxide, which can pose serious health risks. A professional technician will check the furnace in your Alexandria home to make sure that it is not emitting any hazardous fumes.

Avoid More Costly Repairs
Neglecting furnace maintenance in the long term will cost you more money than routine tune-ups will. Small pebbles or pieces of hardened dirt can chip the fan blades or belts, or even damage the blower motor. If you don’t have your furnace inspected annually, you may end up needing to completely replace it much sooner than you anticipated, which can be a financial hardship if you are not prepared for it. Proper furnace maintenance helps to ensure that this essential component of your Fairfax HVAC system functions as well as it can for as long as it can.

If you are having difficulties with your furnace and you don’t know whether you should have it repaired or replace with a newer unit, feel free to ask about your problem in the comments section below or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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