When booking your regular furnace and duct cleaning service it can be confusing knowing what level of technical service you are receiving with the cleaning of your equipment. Some companies do visual inspections and some do mechanical inspections and there are many different ways of describing them. As a homeowner it is important to know the difference to receive the proper servicing for safe and efficient operation of your furnace.
A visual inspection of your furnace is just that, visual only. Components are not removed, tested, or fully inspected. When you remove a furnace door, you can only see half of the internal components. Some furnace configurations have many important components to the back of the furnace where they cannot be seen unless disassembled.
Most homeowner’s don’t realize that the key to keeping your furnace from breaking down unexpectedly is to change your furnace filter as often as needed as a part of your furnace’s regular maintenance.
Why is this? It may seem simple but the filter on your furnace was designed first and foremost to protect the mechanical parts of the furnace to allow them to operate at their peak performance and efficiency. Your furnace operates based on air flow. What this means is, if air flow is inhibited by a clogged filter, your furnace is in danger of overheating and failing as a result. Think of your furnace like a hair dryer. What would happen if you blocked the air intake of a hair dryer when it was turned on? The lack of air flow would cause the dryer to overheat causing a most unpleasant styling experience. However, a minor burn can seem less painful compared to an overheated furnace that requires costly, yet unnecessary repairs.
Most homeowners don’t realize that one of the biggest fire risks in their home isn’t that candle left unattended or the cigarette butted in the planter – but in fact is something that nearly every home has, a dryer vent. Dryer vents were traditionally installed in places in the home that could be vented directly to the outside of the home without excessive length or bends. Usually this is in the basement where the mechanical room and floor drain is located. A straight dryer vent vented outside of the basement or main floor is easily maintained and unclogged therefore decreasing any fire hazard associated with the very flammable dryer lint, which accumulates inside dryer vents.
Most homes today feature laundry rooms that are located in other locations with convenience for homeowners in mind.