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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

It’s dark by the time work’s over, and every morning it takes a little longer for the car to defrost: winter is officially here! With the winter weather coming in strong, the health of your home furnace is more important than ever. A malfunctioning furnace is frustrating at the best of times, but it can be an absolute nightmare in the colder months.

Furnaces generally last around 15 years before they need to be replaced. Keep your furnace running smoothly for as long as possible with these tips for extending the life of your furnace.

Tip #1: Replace Your Filter Frequently

There’s probably not an HVAC contractor in the world (who knows what they’re doing) that wouldn’t put this one on the list. Changing your air filter is one of the least time and cost consuming things you can do, and it provides a whole slew of massive benefits. The big focus here, when we’re talking HVAC longevity, is that clean air filters improve air flow and lessen the effort your system needs to expend in order to get its job done. And that is the heart of every method to extend the life of your furnace: make its job easier.

Tip #2: Address Air Leaks

Air leaks not only rob you of costly home heating, but they also force your system to compensate by pumping out more power, which in turn uses more energy, and places more wear and tear on the unit itself. Addressing air leaks is best done by pursuing a home energy audit, or by pursuing a simple duct system inspection on a yearly or bi-yearly basis.

Tip #3: Choose Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

When selecting new windows, new doors, and when considering adding insulation to your home, think energy-efficient. ENERGY STAR® rated selections are all a good idea, and they tie quite well into the whole idea of making your system work less hard for better results. By keeping heated air in and cold air out your system can ease back its workload.

Tip #4: Schedule Annual Maintenance

All of the above tips are great, and they’re all things you should keep in mind when planning for an energy-efficient home. But if you had to choose one and only one, this is the tip that will impact the longevity of your system the most. Professional tune-up and maintenance services clean your system of unwanted debris, calibrate your components for better performance, and aim to clean and care for all moving parts in your system. It’s hands-down the best way to ensure your furnace lives up to its projected lifespan!

Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up with Signature in Chester County!

Is it time for your annual furnace tune up, or are you looking for more ways to extend the service life of your home heating equipment? Contact Signature HVAC today online to get started, or feel free to call 484-401-7890!

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"I highly recommend Signature for HVAC service. The entires experience with Signature has been exceptional. The process was very customer focused starting from Scott McHale's engagement to organize the project to replace our old A/C, to an professional job John & Matt had done in installation, and Bob Seeger'r post installation service to troubleshoot the air flow damper, great job."

-Hosum Li

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-Debbie Kaba

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"Bob Seeger was our technician this time around. His level of professionalism was exceptional - it really stood out! Overall we are very happy that we switched to Signature several years ago!"

-Mark Kenney

"The Signature techs who come out to our house are always top-notch professionals. Very courteous, careful, and thorough. They always provide great explanations of the work that they are doing. I never feel like I am being pressured into unnecessary work or equipment replacement (like I used to feel with Service Experts). Today, Wade was the tech who came out. He was here exactly on time at 8am, and was done within an hour. Great work and another great service experience from Signature! Update 9/27/2016 - Today Bob Seeger came out to service our system in preparation for the winter. I was extremely impressed by his professionalism and courtesy. Before he started, we sat down and he clearly explained what he would be doing as part of the maintenance, and we agreed upon the need to replace the filter on the main unit, and also to perform humidifier maintenance as part of the work. After the work was complete he made recommendations for overall system enhancements that we should consider. Signature really has top-notch people working for them, and I continue to be extremely happy that we switched over to them several years ago."

-Mark Kenney

"Bob Seeger was our person to service our furnace and water heater. He showed me a problem with our water heater that could have been a major problem. He was very honest, great and so efficient! He fixed the problem. I am kind of hoping he will be the one to work with in the spring."

-Debbie Kaba

"Always feel confident with the work performed by Danny from Signature."

-William Stolting

"Bob was quite knowledgeable of the type of geothermal system that I have in my house. Before completing the annual maintenance/tune-up that I had requested, he asked relevant questions about my geothermal system (e.g., date of installation, last service, temperature preference, electric usage, etc.). After inspecting and servicing my system, Bob explain service that my system needed now and recommendations that would benefit my system. He explained the options in a non-pressured approach, as well as, the benefit in joining Signature HVAC's service plan which was helpful. Throughout the service visit, Bob was courteous, friendly and respectful. My wife and I were very satisfied and we plan to continue to use Signature HVAC in the future."

-John Schmitt

"Bob did an excellent job. He showed up on time, was courteous, and respectful. I recommend using Bob S from Signature Heating and Air-conditioning."

-Dennis Carlson

"Great service as always. Always prompt and knowledgeable."

-Adam Lusk

"Bob was very professional and informative on the heating & air condition job at my house. He is a very nice and caring person! Thank you!"

-Colleen Esgro

"Your whole team is outstanding."

-John price

"Daniel Cross (Signature) completed a thorough and quick fall service on my heating systems. What I liked best about Danny is that he spoke to me as a knowledgeable customer rather than treating me like a clueless homeowner. So refreshing to be treated with respect by an HVAC provider! He had an opportunity to "upsell" me on a service, but was honest and told me that it wasn't valuable in my situation. I would certainly trust him to service my equipment again, and would definitely recommend him to a friend."

-Susan Wentz

"Thanks again for walking me through the process and pointing out what was going on in my system. Mold be gone! Professional and friendly service. Thanks for your help."

-Mia Bosna

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"We have a by-annual cleaning/tune-up contract with Signature for care and maintenance of our heater/air conditioning units. We have found this company to be excellent in their service and their very knowledgeable , friendly technicians. We highly recommend ."

-Ric DeAngelis

"We are very pleased with Signature and their very knowledgeable Technicians. We will be continuing our By-Annual service/tune-up with them...."

-Ric DeAngelis

"I have used Signature for about 10 years now. They provide excellent service. Bob Seeger was my most recent technician and he was on time, polite, informative, and technically proficient. I highly recommend signature for your HVAC needs. I have geothermal, and they are excellent at this technology."

-Charlie Phillips

"Mike B came out for the biannual check of the upstairs system--we had replaced the downstairs system in June---we are very satisfied. Mike was thorough, very professional, answered all my (sometimes inane) questions and kept the house clean. Good job Mike and thanks."

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