As the autumn chill continues to settle in the air, many homeowners and business owners will be turning on their furnace for the first time in preparation for the winter season. Scheduling a tune-up for your furnace can help ensure that your HVAC system is functioning at peak efficiency. While we don’t normally think of the furnace when we think of scheduling a tune-up, it’s something that should be part of the regular maintenance for your unit. A regular tune-up will keep your unit running at smoothly and can help lower your energy costs over the life of the unit.

You may be reading this and wondering just what a tune-up includes. While it may vary based on the unit, a normal heating and air system tune-up includes the following:

Cleaning of the Blower Compartment – Your heating and air system pulls air from the outside in order to heat and cool your home or business. During this process, dirt and dust can slowly accumulate within the blower compartment allowing the blower wheel to become dirty over time. When this happens, the blower wheel works less efficiently and can contribute to higher energy costs.

Wiring Inspection/Adjustment – Tightening loose wires and checking the various connections within the unit can help to prevent malfunctions and limit the need for costly repairs in the future.

Burner Adjustment – Having the burners of your furnace cleaned and adjusted allows your furnace to operate at peak efficiency and can help lower your energy costs over time.

Inspections of the Heat Exchanger, Gas Pressure and Flame Operation – This all serves to make sure that these features of your unit are operating within normal parameters.

Indoor Filter Cleaning/Replacement – The cleanliness of the air filter in your unit can have a profound impact on the energy efficiency the unit and on the indoor air quality of your home or office. Having your filter regularly cleaned or replaced is essential in making sure your unit operates smoothly.

Inspection of Ignitor or Pilot Light – This helps to ensure that they are operating at peak efficiency so as to maintain a comfortable atmosphere.

Checking Duct Connections and Air Flow – This ensures that the air is circulating properly throughout the system allowing it to move throughout the area easily.

Additional safety checks and inspections may be used to ensure that your unit is functioning properly. Regular inspections and maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your unit and so it’s important to schedule tune-ups regularly.

If you’re looking to schedule a tune-up for your unit or would like to know more about our services, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We specialize in both residential and commercial HVAC maintenance and can assess your individual needs. Once this assessment is complete, we’ll recommend repairs or replacements so that your family or organization can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere throughout the season. Contact us today and let us know how we can serve you.

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