DON’T BE RALPHIE’S DAD
In the iconic movie A Christmas Story, Ralphie’s dad has an ongoing battle with the furnace in the basement, with metallic clangs, curses, and black smoke pouring out of the vents. Don’t be like Ralphie’s dad; have your furnace serviced regularly by Custom Home Heating. The heating and cooling system in your house accounts for as much as half of the energy used in your home. So maintenance of that system is one of the most important money saving practices you can do.
There are a number of reasons that regular servicing is necessary. Newer heating and cooling systems can be very energy efficient, but can’t perform at peak without continued maintenance. Service calls can also identify issues when they are minor, and avoid breakdowns that always happen at the most inconvenient times. Manufacturer warranties usually require regular maintenance in order to be valid; you’d hate to discover that your warranty won’t be honored because you neglected your regular service. And the longevity of your system as a whole can be increased by semiannual servicing.
At Custom Home Heating, we perform thorough maintenance services. We do a visual inspection of the system, test all components, measure air flow and temperatures. We find any leaks in the system and deal with them. We monitor flue draft and refrigerant pressure, as well as calibrate the thermostat. We clean all the parts that require it; we lubricate all those that move. The US Department of Energy agrees that for “all heating and cooling systems, proper maintenance is key to efficient operation. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%.”
We’re happy to come and do maintenance on your system when you ask us to, but you should consider a maintenance agreement. In your busy life, remembering to make an appointment twice a year for your heating and cooling system service could easily fall through the cracks. It only takes one neglected regular maintenance to invalidate your equipment warranty. Once you have a maintenance agreement with us, we’ll remember so you don’t have to. And we have two different payment plans so that it can work well with your budget: payments can be monthly or annual. In addition to the benefits to your system, there are other benefits to having a Custom Home Heating Maintenance Agreement.