To get the best bang for your buck, make sure to time the services in your maintenance agreements carefully.
Maintenance agreements can help you save a significant amount of money, but they have to be managed correctly. Saving your system checks for the end of the season would be a waste. It’s essential to have your heating equipment serviced before the start of the cold season. This allows you to detect—and repair—any problem before it interferes with your comfort or drives up your utility costs.
Columbia residents can use the following guidelines to determine the best time to have their yearly heating inspection:
Consider your heating use.
Some people turn on the furnace as soon as temps drop below 75 degrees. Others hold off until their breath starts to frost over. Be honest with yourself about when you’re likely to turn on your equipment. It will give you the chance to get your system fine-tuned before the start of your heating season, and the benefits will last all winter long.
Take a look at weather trends.
According to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, temperatures can start falling into the 60s as early as September. For those who don’t like to rely on blankets and sweaters to stay comfortable, now is the perfect time for an inspection. There’s nothing wrong with waiting. Just keep an eye on local temperatures. In October, the temperatures could be in the 50s or the 40s by November. Even the most stalwart of fall aficionados will want to get an inspection in before that happens.
Keep an eye on your schedule.
One of the biggest benefits of preventive maintenance is your ability to work it in at your convenience. Unlike breakdowns and emergency repairs, an inspection never has to interfere with your work, family or private time. In fact, the earlier you have an inspection done, the more protection you’ll have. If any of your system’s parts are worn down, you’ll need time for a tech to come back and fix them.