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Time to Start Thinking about Your Heater!

image of a heater within a utility room, venting outdoorsThe official start of fall may still be over a month away, but the time to begin thinking about our heating systems is now. Yes, even though temperatures are hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s! As any longtime Illinois resident is aware, when the cooler temperatures do come, they come fast and hard. Don’t you want to make sure your heater is well prepared?

Then the time to schedule your next heating maintenance appointment in Highland Park, IL is now! If you have a heat pump or ductless system and had maintenance done last spring, that’s great—but given how much you likely used your system this summer, heating maintenance is still an important part of your fall home care checklist. During your maintenance appointment, our technicians do a full system cleaning and inspection, in order to prevent the following from happening:

A Sudden Heater Breakdown

The last thing you want to occur during one of the coldest days of the year is to have your heater suddenly stop working at all. However, the middle of winter is the time that a struggling heater is most likely to fail, since it’s putting in the most work during that time.

Preventive maintenance during the fall aims to stop this from happening—once you’ve had your maintenance appointment (and have followed up with any recommended repairs) there is much less of a chance that your heater will collapse on you mid heating-season.

A Sudden Rise in Energy Bills

The costs to keep your home warm through an Illinois winter can be considerably high. However, they’ll be even higher than they need to be if you allow your heater to work without investing in a fall maintenance appointment. Your heating system will start to rapidly decline in performance levels and drain more power if it misses its routine tune-ups and inspections.

A Shorter Lifespan Than Expected

Depending on what type of heating system you have, you can expect the system to last between 10 to even 30 years. But a heater that doesn’t receive routine maintenance will likely not even reach half of its estimated service life. Annual maintenance (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) will help ensure that you get the best return on your original investment in your heater.

The Many Benefits of Maintenance

Overall, keeping up on your heating maintenance appointments will help you to catch problems early on, boost system efficiency, and increase your system’s lifespan. Catching existing or developing problems early is the best way to avoid costly repairs or untimely emergencies later on.

It’s also, simply put, a lot easier for your heater to actually do its job, which means it needs far less energy to heat your home—keeping your efficiency levels high and your utility bills low.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is proud to offer quality HVAC services. Contact us today to learn more about the various benefits of enrolling in our comprehensive maintenance program, or to schedule your next HVAC service appointment!

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