Should I Clean My Furnace Before Winter?

Written on: September 26, 2022

Guarantee your family’s comfort and save money on fuel

hvac service connecticutIt’s been unseasonably warm in Oxford, Woodbridge, and Middlebury, CT. For lovers of pumpkin-spice drinks and cider donuts, it’s only just starting to feel like fall. But believe it or not, winter isn’t far off.

Many homeowners in this region have probably not thought about their heating systems for months. If you haven’t scheduled a cleaning and inspection for your heating equipment yet, we recommend doing so immediately.

At Seymour Oil & Propane, our technicians have plenty of open appointment slots right now. That won’t be the case in a few weeks. Once the thermometers drop, many people will need rush repairs for older, malfunctioning heating equipment. If you schedule your yearly system cleaning now, you’ll experience many benefits.

A cleaning will save you money on winter fuel use.

Over time, your equipment, filters and ductwork can all become clogged with soot, dirt, dust and other debris. This buildup can stifle your flames and obstruct airflow. This will force your heating system to work harder and burn more fuel. The moderate cost of a cleaning will save you money on fuel usage all season long!

Your equipment will be less likely to break down.

When you bring in a service technician to clean and inspect your heating system, they can check how your equipment is working. This is an excellent opportunity to look at minor issues that can cause problems down the line. Fixing them early will save you an expensive repair later and extend your system’s lifespan.

It’s a crucial safety measure.

When a Seymour service technician cleans your heating system, they vacuum out the heat exchanger and flue pipe. These are vital to ensuring that fumes, including carbon monoxide (CO), vent out of your home. If they are dirty and blocked, CO can accumulate. It is a poisonous gas that can cause nausea, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness and even death. Regular service will help keep CO out of your home.

We strongly recommend that you install CO detectors on every floor and in every bedroom. Test them often and replace them after five years.

Cleaning helps your indoor air quality.

When your furnace is dirty, dust, mold and other pollutants will circulate into your living space. At a minimum, these air impurities will lead to dry, itchy skin and speed up the deterioration of paintings and woodwork.

More concerning, this reduced indoor air quality can worsen allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments. Regular equipment cleaning will significantly lower the pollutants entering your home.

Guarantee your heating system’s performance with a service plan!

With a service plan from Seymour Oil & Propane, you can be assured of an annual service call that includes a full equipment cleaning. These plans are affordable and comprehensive. In addition to a complimentary tune-up, you’ll receive priority service and 10 percent off future parts and labor.

And if you are enrolled in a service plan already, your cleaning and tune-up are already covered — be sure to schedule them!

If you’re ready to have your heating system cleaned, contact us for service.