Some Good Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up This Fall

Furnace Maintenance in Charlotte, NC

With summer now in the rearview mirror, it’s a perfect time to begin preparing for the upcoming winter. Although Charlotte, NC winters aren’t as extreme as the weather in other parts of the country, it’s still important to make sure your furnace can keep you comfortable on the coldest days. Rather than waiting until the first cold day to turn your furnace on and see if it works properly, the pros at Integrity Heating & Cooling recommend scheduling a furnace tune-up this fall while the weather is still mild. Read below to learn some benefits of scheduling a tune-up to take care of your HVAC system.

Improve Efficiency

If you want to lower your utility bills this winter, a good start would be to schedule a furnace tune-up to improve your system’s efficiency. A technician will clean your furnace, ensuring the components are dust-free. Cleaning is especially important for the blower fan, where even a thin layer of dust can cause the fan motor to work harder. Your technician can also check your ducts and vents to ensure they aren’t clogged with dust and debris, another condition that significantly reduces efficiency.
A clean HVAC system does not have to work as hard to keep you and your family comfortable during winter, increasing efficiency and reducing monthly energy bills.

Prevent Breakdowns

Cold snaps don’t happen all the time in Charlotte, but when they do, they can be fierce. The last thing you want is for your furnace to stop working in the middle of a freezing winter night. Fortunately, after a tune-up from Integrity Heating & Cooling, the chance of a system breakdown is much lower. A technician will inspect your furnace to spot any parts that aren’t working properly. They will then repair or replace the defective part. A professional will then test the furnace to make sure your furnace will run the way it is supposed to. A tune-up can prevent a system breakdown from leaving you and your family out in the cold this winter.

Schedule a Convenient Time

Another great perk of scheduling a furnace tune-up in the fall instead of the winter is that you will likely have more choices for scheduling your appointment. On the coldest days, when everyone’s furnace is breaking down, you may have to wait longer to get an appointment with an HVAC technician. If you schedule a time when the weather is mild and fewer people are pushing their HVAC systems to the limit, there’s a good chance you’ll get the exact date and time that you want. This way, you don’t have to worry about rearranging your schedule to try and accommodate a visit from an HVAC technician. Plus, it frees up the technicians to take care of emergency calls to prevent dangerous conditions from developing in people’s homes and businesses.

Avoid Unexpected Expenses

Sometimes, a technician may discover serious problems with your HVAC system that indicate your furnace won’t last too much longer. In many cases, a skilled technician can provide temporary fixes that can help your system last until you’re able to save money for a new system. If you schedule your tune-up in the fall, you’ll be able to find out about potential system failures before holiday shopping begins. This can help you budget your spending so that you can save money for a new system before your current system completely fails.

Potential Upgrades

Before winter settles into Charlotte, a maintenance visit from Integrity Heating & Cooling can help you learn how to make the most of your heating system. One way a technician can help optimize your system is by spotting upgrades that you can make to help your system perform better. For example, if you have an older thermostat, they can suggest options for thermostat upgrades that can help improve your home’s indoor comfort and your HVAC system’s efficiency. Another common upgrade that is beneficial during the winter months is a whole-home air purifier. Since homes tend to be more closed-up during the winter, dust can settle inside and cause allergy issues. An HVAC technician can recommend a good air purifier to keep your allergy symptoms at bay.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Furnace

When scheduling a fall tune-up for your furnace, your goal isn’t just for your furnace to last for one more heating season. Instead, you want your furnace to last as many heating seasons as possible. That’s why Integrity Heating & Cooling recommends making your fall furnace tune-up an annual event to help extend the lifespan of your furnace. A well-maintained furnace will experience much less wear and tear because its moving parts are lubricated, its electrical connections are tight, and any small problems are fixed quickly. This means that you may even be able to exceed the manufacturer’s expected lifespan of the furnace, giving you that much more time to save up for the time when you do eventually have to buy a new furnace.

Maintain Air Quality

A furnace in disrepair will not only struggle to keep your family comfortable this winter, but in some cases, a HVAC system can negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality. For example, if the burner in a gas furnace isn’t adjusted properly, some unburned gas could escape from the combustion chamber. While this gas should escape through the flue, a small amount could find its way into your home. If you don’t schedule an annual tune-up with Integrity Heating & Cooling, you may not discover this problem for many years. Fortunately, the burner, heat exchanger, and pilot lite are all components that receive a thorough inspection during every furnace tune-up, meaning you can be confident in the quality and safety of your home’s indoor air.

Maintenance Agreements for Every Type of System

There are many different types of heating systems in Charlotte homes. A few of the systems types are ductless mini-split systems, air-source heat pumps, and ground-source heat pumps. No matter which type of system you have in your home, though, they can all benefit from a fall tune-up. Each system has different components that need annual attention to ensure optimal operation. Furthermore, air conditioners, ductless mini-split systems, and heat pumps can also benefit from a spring tune-up to ensure the system is ready to do its duty to keep your home cool.

So Much More Than Tune-Ups

At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we’re proud of how our furnace tune-ups can help our customers. We also offer our Comfort Protection Plan (CPP) to all of our residential customers so you can enjoy the benefits of biannual maintenance. In addition, we take great pride in the other services we perform, including air conditioner installation, furnace repair, duct sealing, ductless mini-split installation, standby generator installation and repair, and much more.

For over 35 years, residents throughout the area have trusted us to keep them comfortable during extreme Charlotte weather. Our customer-first commitment is one reason why we’re able to keep an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and continually receive five-star customer reviews. To learn more about getting a tune-up for your furnace before the upcoming heating season, contact us at Integrity Heating & Cooling today.