Fall is upon us, temperatures are dropping, and we are firing up our furnaces. The HVAC systems in our homes are expensive and crucial pieces of equipment. As mother nature is not so predictable, our furnaces and air conditioning make the temperature of our homes predictable and most importantly, comfortable. Prolonging the life of your HVAC system is the name of the game, as problems left untreated or needing a replacement of your furnace will be costly. Keep your home warm this winter and make sure to get a furnace inspection this fall to keep your system running efficiently.
Do I Need a Furnace Inspection?
The short answer is yes, while the long answer breaks down the “why.” On a monthly basis, we pay our gas and electric bill expecting a certain range of cost for each portion of the year. If your furnace has a malfunctioning part, or damage to internal components, it is forced to work harder which will inevitably translate to a higher energy bill. Furnace problems can also become a health risk. Carbon monoxide leaks can be revealed in an inspection as the exhaust outlet or direct vent pipe can become damaged and release the extremely harmful colorless and odorless gas. If you a purchasing a home, an HVAC inspection helps to determine if the previous owner had regular maintenance and inspections done and most importantly, will help determine if the unit itself still functions correctly to avoid a replacement anytime soon.
Cold Weather Energy Saving Tips
Beyond furnace maintenance, there are other easy ways to help lower your energy bill. While your furnace does its job in creating warm air to fill your house, help the warm air stay inside by re-caulking or re-sealing any drafty windows or doors. If you are out of the house during the day, turn your thermostat down. Open the curtains or blinds on your windows during the day that receive adequate sun exposure to naturally warm your home. Lastly, if you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed unless a fire is burning and if you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
Schedule Your Furnace Inspection Through Grush Inspections
Grush Inspections, LLC is a family-owned business with decades of combined experience. Services include:
- Home Inspections
- Pest Inspections
- Commercial Inspections
- Heating and Air Conditioning Inspections
- Fireplace Inspections
- Sewer Line Inspections
- Wood and Pellet Stove Certifications
The HVAC system is an integral part of the health of the overall structure of the building and is one of the most critical parts of a residential or commercial inspection. The main issues we find in HVAC systems are due mainly in part to neglect and dirty system equipment and management. What Grush Inspections will look for during our HVAC inspection:
- Loose electrical connections
- Gas leaks, loose fittings and discolorations or deterioration in these areas
- Debris. What is getting into your system and how it is finding its way in
- Air filters. Grush will ensure that they do not need to be replaced and are in working condition
- Dirt around the A/C coils. This can cause major issues down the line as they can accumulate dust and lower the efficiency of your cooling system.
Check out our heating and air conditioning inspections page for more information and give us a call at (775) 323-1117 to schedule your furnace inspection today!