Fall is coming up, which means a switch from the air conditioner to the furnace. Before the cold arrives, make sure your heating equipment is prepared to keep your home as warm as you need it. Schedule preventive maintenance for your furnace to make sure you stay comfortable and keep your energy costs down. Here’s what to expect from a preventative maintenance call: A typical service check will begin with an HVAC professional examining all of the heating equipment’s components. They check for wear and tear that could result in impending repairs. This provides you with the peace of mind knowing that you are safe from any unexpected breakdowns this winter. The gas connections in your furnace need to be double checked for potential leaks, which will then be sealed. Even the smallest leak can be dangerous to you and your family. Your HVAC contractor will also check the gas pressure and burner combustion to see that they are functioning efficiently. The burner and heat exchanger are also checked for damage and cleaned to maximize efficiency. Many HVAC technicians follow a checklist when they perform their preventive maintenance. This helps ensure that they do everything possible to get the most out of your furnace. Here are a few more steps you can expect of the appointment: Verify thermostat settings Check condensate drains Tighten electrical connections Inspect system controls Lubricate moving parts Your system check will result in immediate changes you will feel throughout your home. In addition to the enhanced comfort, you will can save money with your more efficient heating equipment. These savings can often add up to offset the cost of the maintenance itself. Without regular attention, your furnace could fail without warning or worse, pump deadly carbon monoxide back into your house. To schedule a preventive maintenance for your home, contact Pipe Works Services, Inc.today. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.