Important homeowner questions to ask when having your furnace inspected
Owning a home tends to come with the expectation that new owners must be experts on every part of their house — from appliances to structures, systems, windows, and so on. More often than not, though, homeowners will continue to have questions about the various areas and pieces around the house long throughout ownership. With so much to learn, and as technology and regulations continue to change and update, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to find answers for every little piece. It can become so much that it’s even hard to tell what to ask, especially for more complicated systems, like furnaces and HVAC. Fortunately, the technicians are there to help, so when it’s time for the next annual furnace inspection, build up that valuable homeowner knowledge by asking these questions.
What’s That Noise?
If there is an odd noise that has suddenly started coming from the furnace, now is the time to ask about it. Since a professional is already present to look over the system, they’ll be able to take a closer look and determine what is causing the noise, and if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.
How Often Should The Filter Be Changed?
Preventative maintenance is imperative for ensuring a home’s furnace has a long life. Depending on the type of filter and type of furnace, a technician will have a slightly different insight on the best time to change the filter. A good rule of thumb, though, is every 30–90 days, or once a season.
Is it Possible to Lower the Power Bill and Save Some Money?
An HVAC service professional will be able to offer important insights on how homeowner’s can best utilize their system to maximize energy-efficient savings, and potentially shave some dollars off the monthly power bill. Pointing out ways to better use the thermostat, or considerations for a thermostat upgrade could be helpful tips.
What Else Should Homeowners be Doing Between Inspections?
Like regularly changing the furnace filter, technicians can key homeowners into other ways to help maintain the furnace and HVAC system. For instance, there are many areas within the furnace that can be fairly easily accessed by homeowners, and that would benefit from semi-regular cleanings.
Can Air Quality be Improved?
Now more than ever, maintaining good air quality within a home is necessary. The licensed experts will be able to advise on potential filter upgrades, or additional systems — such as home air purifiers — that can boost the quality of the indoor air, ensuring that everyone inside is breathing fresh, healthy air.
An annual furnace inspection is an important time for homeowners to engage with their technicians. Obviously, the professionals are there to perform an important service, but they’re also able to act as valuable, knowledgeable resources for homeowner questions. If it’s about that time for an annual furnace inspection, or if you have general questions about the current state of your home’s HVAC system, reach out to the licensed technicians at Duane Blanton Family Home Services. With over 30 years of knowledge and experience, the experts at Duane Blanton can provide all the answers you’re looking for when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Reach out to the experts at Duane Blanton at (815) 781-2567, or schedule online through the online scheduling portal, and a professional technician will reach out with the answers you’re looking for.
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