Winter’s Not Over Yet—How to Keep Your House Warm

If you didn’t already notice, winter isn’t over yet in Chicago. Even in late March, daily temperatures are hovering around thirty degrees. To stay warm, you’re going to have to make sure your furnace is running efficiently. If you’re having issues, or just want to make sure you don’t get left out in the cold, you’d be best served talking to a Chicago furnace company.

Common Furnace Problems

Angie’s List mentions common problems with furnaces. These include ignitors and flame sensor issues, thermostat problems, and dead or dying furnace motors.

These issues vary in severity, with a dead motor being the most expensive and time-consuming to fix. But the biggest problem for you as a homeowner is that you probably won’t know there’s an issue with your furnace until something goes wrong.

That’s why you should look into some Chicago furnace companies. Most of the time, people end up calling for emergency repair in the middle of the freezing night. No one wants to go through the discomfort, let alone the extra fees for after-hours maintenance.

Furnace maintenance pays off in harsh Chicago winters

Especially in the middle of a harsh Chicago winter, it can pay off big time if you have an expert take a look. Low temperatures mean you’re probably running your furnace all the time. This can put a lot of pressure on the system, particularly if it’s an older model.

Consumer Reports notes, “A gas furnace made in the early 1970’s typically has an AFUE of about 65 percent.” AFUE is an efficiency measure which stands for annual fuel-utilization-efficiency. It goes on to say that the lowest efficiency units today must be at least 78 percent, with some models reaching 97 percent efficiency.

Increased efficiency can save you up to 40 dollars for every 100 dollars in fuel. And Energy.gov recommends having a heating professional routinely inspect your home furnace as an effective way to save money on home heating.

If you’re looking to save money on your heating bill or hoping to avoid any emergency repairs, contact us, The Heatmasters. We’ve been a Chicago furnace company since 1950. Whatever you need, maintenance or repair, our professionals have seen it and can handle it.

Visit us on the web today to learn more about our services or call us now at 1-800-HEATING to schedule an appointment.