Annual Heating Safety Inspections – Are They Necessary?
When it comes to their home heating systems, however, many people ask “Are heating safety inspections really worth the money?”
The truth is, some people go years without having their heating systems inspected and never notice a problem. But, as the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and not having your heating system inspected can cost you money, lead to unhealthy air quality in your home, and even lead to fire risks. Here are some things to consider:
Heating safety inspections can reduce your utility bills
Many people mistakenly think of annual heating inspections as an additional cost they’re not willing or able to pay. However, even small problems with your home’s heating system can lead to decreased efficiency. Improperly maintained equipment requires more fuel to generate the same amount of heat produced by a well maintained system.
For most homeowners, the cost of an inspection is usually made up for in the form of lower utility bills over the course of the winter.
Safety inspections can help you avoid an equipment failure when you need it most
Having your system inspected keeps small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive ones in the future.
System failures typically start out as small problems that can be easily identified and corrected by a qualified heating maintenance expert. Over time, however, these small problems can develop into bigger, more expensive ones that can leave you in the cold at the most inconvenient time.
Safety inspections help you avoid serious health risks
A National Fire Protection Association study found that, “Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, and “Over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by problems in the venting – out of their homes – of toxic gases produced by their heating systems” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Having your home’s heating system inspected annually can help you avoid these risks.
Annual heating safety inspections can improve indoor air quality
An improperly maintained heating system can greatly reduce the air quality inside your home.
Dirty air filters, leaky air ducts, and blocked vents can create musty smells, and lead to unhealthy levels of dust, pet dander and other airborne irritants. These contaminants can present health risks to young children, the elderly, and people with allergies and other respiratory conditions.
Having your heating system inspected by a qualified heating maintenance technician is an economical way to improve the air quality in your home.
Make your home more comfortable, more energy efficient and safer this winter. Click here or call us at 401-921-1971 to learn more about our heating safety inspections.