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Have A Furnace For Your Home? 2 Reasons Why Maintenance Is So Important

by Feride Halma

If you have a furnace in your home, it is important to keep it maintained properly. This will not only help the furnace last longer but offers other benefits as well. To help you below are two reasons to have a professional maintain the furnace each year.

Keeps You and Your Family Healthy

A healthy furnace also makes your home healthy. One reason for this is the furnace helps keep the humidity levels at the right level. If there is high humidity in your home this results in wetness building up on things. This wetness is the perfect breeding ground for mold. The problem with this is mold will grow in areas that you are not able to see such as in the duct system in your home. Also look for mold in common areas, such as in the bathroom, under the sink in the kitchen and bathroom, ceilings, and floors.

Having a dirty furnace causes pollutants, such as pollen, dust, pet hair, and more, to float through the air. This can cause respiratory issues but is especially bad for someone that has allergies. A dirty filter is enough to cause this problem, but dirty air ducts will make the problem even worse.

Some problems with a furnace will cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home. This is only if you have a gas furnace, however. This is dangerous as you cannot smell carbon monoxide and it is deadly

Saves You Money

If you do not maintain your furnace on a yearly basis, it will have problems. Depending on the problem the furnace may have a harder time pulling air through the filter to keep your home at the right temperature level.

Not only does the furnace have to work harder but it will run longer to maintain the temperature. Because it runs more this increases your heating bill. Running longer will also shorten the life of the furnace, which would require you to either pay for expensive repairs or replace the furnace with a new one. 

The easiest way to keep the air flowing is to change the filter on a regular basis, but there may be other parts of the furnace that are not working properly.

Contact a residential furnace service technician to learn much more about this information. You can also set up an appointment for them to come to your home. You should do this before you start using your furnace in the winter each year.