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Many people don’t realize how important annual tune-ups are for hardworking Dallas and Fort Worth HVAC systems. Not only does preventive maintenance deliver a great many benefits, but it also keeps bad things from happening to your system. Here are eight compelling reasons to schedule heating system maintenance every fall without fail:

1. Greater Indoor Comfort

Your furnace or heat pump might be cranking out the heat, but that doesn’t mean it’s keeping you comfortable. Indoor air may be excessively dry; some rooms might be too hot, while other rooms are too cold. The indoor air temperature may not match the thermostat setting, so you’re constantly adjusting it, or the system might not keep you warm enough no matter how high you set the thermostat. These and other indoor comfort problems can be corrected with routine maintenance.

2. Lower Energy Costs

Furnace and heat pump maintenance includes a variety of services designed to optimize your system for energy-efficient performance. According to industry studies, annual heating service can cut energy costs by as much as 40 percent. Given that heating and cooling accounts for roughly half of the average household’s annual energy costs, the savings can really add up.

3. Longer Service Life

On average, furnaces last for 13-20 years. When scrupulously maintained, they can last for up to 30 years. Equipment lifespan also depends on other factors, but with regular maintenance, your heater will last longer. A poorly-maintained furnace will have a shorter shelf life, require more repairs, cost more to operate and fail to perform optimally.

4. Fewer Breakdowns

Having a furnace or heat pump breakdown is almost as bad as having a vehicle breakdown on the expressway. It’s inconvenient, expensive, dangerous and it always happens at the worst possible time. The good news is that according to industry studies, regular maintenance can prevent up to 95 percent of HVAC breakdowns.

5. Fewer Heating Repairs

Heater maintenance is designed to catch and correct potential problems before they escalate. Worn belts, loose electrical connections, a clogged condensate drain and other issues that could lead to expensive heating repairs are caught early to save you money and avoid hassles. Without regular maintenance, your heater has no defense against mishaps; you won’t even know that something is wrong until the system goes out.

6. A Safer Environment

Poorly maintained heaters are a safety hazard. Carbon monoxide and gas leaks are real dangers that can cause fires, explosions, poisoning, and death. Annual furnace maintenance includes a thorough safety check so that threats are detected and neutralized.

7. A Healthier Home

As they work to keep you warm, heat pumps and furnaces develop a coating of gunk, contaminants, and dust. Not only does this grunge impede equipment performance by making your HVAC work harder than it has to, but it also blows gunk into your living space whenever the heater cycles on.

Dallas-Fort Worth homes are sealed tight to prevent the loss of treated air, so the pollution has nowhere to go. It remains in your home and can contaminate your air with dust mites, pet dander, pollen, viruses, spores, and bacteria. These airborne particles can worsen allergies and respiratory conditions and even make you sick. During maintenance, your service technician will deep-clean the unit so pollution won’t be a problem.

8. Reduced Equipment Wear and Tear

All aspects of routine maintenance, from replacing the filter to cleaning the unit, reduce equipment wear and tear by decreasing the heater’s workload. The upshot is a longer furnace or heat pump lifespan, increased energy-efficiency, greater indoor comfort and a reduced incidence of breakdowns and repairs.

At Allstars Electric Heating and Air Conditioning, our heat pump and furnace tune-ups deliver all of these benefits and more. To learn more about our service plans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, visit us online or call to speak with our team personally.