It is easy to take for granted that your HVAC system is running properly. You may think that since you don't notice any immediate issue with your furnace or air conditioner that your HVAC system is operating correctly. This, however, may not be the case. Don't put off your annual HVAC inspection and service. Without the routine visit by an HVAC service technician, your furnace or air conditioner could lose efficiency and begin to operate inefficiently. Problems that could've otherwise been caught will be allowed to grow and cause damage to your HVAC unit, shortening its lifespan.
The most important reason why you should take measures to have your furnace and air conditioner serviced is for safety. Natural gas and oil HVAC systems burn fossil fuel, which can produce harmful byproducts like carbon monoxide. You certainly won't want to risk the health of yourself or your family by breathing in the poisonous gas, so be sure to have a professional HVAC service technician perform the yearly maintenance on your unit. Furthermore, without an annual inspection, your furnace may have a greater risk of sparking a fire. Having your furnace undergo routine service will significantly decrease the likelihood of having a catastrophic accident occur. In most cases, an annual service inspection will allow the HVAC contractor to catch potential problems before they happen. They will be able to either remedy the problem, or advise you on the best course of action to ensure the safety of your family.
Another advantage to having a licensed technician perform annual service on your HVAC system is to maintain proper efficiency. When your furnace and air conditioning units are properly tuned, they run at maximum efficiency. This means less energy consumption and lower utility bills. The cost of annual HVAC service is far less that the amount of savings you'll receive on energy bills when your unit is optimized to run at maximum efficiency.
It is important for the HVAC technician to check for build up of dirt and debris inside the furnace and air conditioner, as well as inspect the unit to ensure the parts are in good working condition and are installed correctly. Cleaning the HVAC unit will allow it to continue to run smoothly without being hindered by soot and dirt that eventually builds up. The HVAC contractor will also ensure the vents are clear and all gases are able to escape through the vents or chimney.
Taking the measure of having your HVAC system inspected annually will not only save you money on your energy bills, but you'll have peace of mind knowing that your family and household are safe from toxic gases. Furthermore, the small expense of having a professional service your unit will save a lot of money when compared to the cost of purchasing a brand new unit.