NORWALK, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to a recent Semi-annual home condition survey, the most common home repair emergencies that homeowners face involve their home’s heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. According to the survey, 18% of homeowners have required an HVAC repair in the past 12 months, proving why an annual tune-up is critical.
To emphasize the importance of an annual HVAC tune-up, HomeServe reminds homeowners that it’s September 25th National Tune-Up Day. Founded in 2014 and now in its 8th year, the day reminds homeowners of the importance of taking care of their heating system and the benefits of an annual tune-up before the heating season begins. By promoting National Tune-Up Day, which is recognized by the National Day Calendar, HomeServe hopes to help homeowners avoid expensive repairs or even more expensive equipment replacements during the winter months.
“This year the peasant almanac calls for ‘remarkable polar orbit swings,’ which can take a huge toll on a home’s HVAC system,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of HomeServe North America. “To survive what’s expected to be a tough winter, homeowners need to make sure their HVAC systems are in top condition before the cold weather hits. And that’s exactly what an HVAC tuning does. As part of an affordable and quick service call a qualified technician can ensure that all parts of the system are working properly and that it is ready to take off when the temperature drops.”
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program recommend annual tuning of heating systems. Every year, carbon monoxide (CO) claims the lives of hundreds of people and makes thousands more sick from exposure to CO. The CDC recommends annual adjustments to reduce unintended CO exposure, along with the installation of CO detectors in the home.
energy star encourages annual adjustments to improve the energy efficiency of home heating systems and reduce home heating costs. About half of the energy used is for heating and cooling the house and ignoring a setting can force the system to work harder and use more energy.
According to HomeServe data, the cost of tuning a gas water heater or furnace ranges between $79 and $190 depending on location, while repairs to common gas heating systems can range between $300 and $680. A tune-up can identify problems before they happen. lead to expensive repairs or a dangerous situation for your home and family. When adjusting a heating system, professional heating technicians usually have the following checklist:
Check Safety Systems and Controls
Check/clean the meter and flush the low water shutdown
Check filters and tires
Check flue gas discharge and chimney draft
Checking oil in engines and pumps
Check/clean the fan assembly
Check condensate line, if applicable
HomeServe offers home heating security plans, including tuning plans, as well as maintenance plans for water, sewer, electrical, and other home emergencies. All subscribers have access to a repair hotline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and a network of hired or local, licensed and insured technicians who can come to their home for repairs. More information is available at www.HomeServeUSA.com.
HomeServe USA Corp. (HomeServe) is a leading provider of home services serving more than 4.7 million customers in the US and Canada under the names HomeServe, Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) and Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC), and through HVAC local branded companies in major metropolitan areas. Since 2003, HomeServe has been protecting homeowners from the cost and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical, HVAC and other home repair emergencies by providing quality local service, affordable repair coverage and installations.
As an A+ rated Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, HomeServe is committed to being a customer-centric company that delivers the best repair plans and other home services to consumers, directly and through more than 1,000 leading municipal and utility partners.
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