As the weather begins to change, most businesses are performing preventive maintenance to ensure their equipment is in top working order throughout the winter. One major system that you cannot afford to be overlooked is your heating system. When operating correctly, your heating system will ensure you and your employees can work comfortably throughout the upcoming cold winter months. Here are five reasons why fall is the perfect time to do these important tasks.
1. Systems Can Be Turned Off
There are only a few times a year when you can afford to go without heat or air. It is too hot in the summer to turn off your air conditioning and it is too cold in the winter to turn off your heat.
Fall is the perfect time to perform preventive maintenance and fix any problems you find. If your business has to go without heat or air for a couple of days, the environment should remain comfortable.
2. Winter Heating Bills Can Be Lowered
Do you realize that performing preventive maintenance on your building's heating system can reduce your energy cost anywhere from 5 to 40 percent? The actual savings is dependent on the type of system you have. But any savings is a plus on your bottom line.
Your system is comprised of multiple components that when optimally running will not use as much electrical current as the components will when something is wrong. When components of your system are not running smoothly or are dirty, it will force your system to work much harder and longer. A poor running system that is not serviced can increase your energy use by 30 to 60 percent.
3. Business's Safety Can Be Increased
A blocked vent, cracked heat exchanger, or dirty burner can lead to a host of safety problems for you and your business. Poorly serviced units can be fire hazards. The units could also create health issues if they produce carbon monoxide leaks.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be very dangerous because it is an odorless gas that often overcomes its victims with no warnings. Because carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in your bloodstream and deprives your system of this necessary element, you can quickly lose consciousness and suffocate.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include the following:
The poisoning can also imitate a heart attack by producing chest pains, confusion, and a loss of consciousness.
4. Life of Your System Can Be Increased
Numerous factors determine how long your heating system will last, but you can expect to get anywhere from 10 to 25 years out of it. By performing preventive maintenance and having your system inspected and cleaned, you can increase the number of years your system performs.
Preventive maintenance will catch issues before they cause system failures in the future. It is safe to assume that the cost of your maintenance will be far less than the cost of replacing your full system.
5. Cost of Your Repairs Can Be Decreased
When you perform preventive maintenance in the fall, you reduce your chances of having costly breakdowns during the winter. Not only could these breakdowns be expensive, but they could shut your business down and cost you valuable production time especially if it's too cold to work.
If you wait until your system breaks down to call a technician, you will often also incur the costs of emergency or after-hours service calls. You will also run the risks of extended repair times especially if parts are not in stock and have to be ordered. Schedule your fall heating maintenance service today to help ensure a problem-free winter.