Furnace Tune-Up & Maintenance
Just as your car needs tune-ups to keep it in good running order, your furnace or boiler needs periodic tune-ups to keep it in tip-top running shape. A regular maintenance program for your heating equipment is recommended by ENERGY STAR and relatively inexpensive and can pay dividends in energy savings and increased equipment life.
Regular maintenance suggested by your heating service contractor will benefit you in several ways. Well-tuned equipment will save you energy dollars, provide increased comfort, and extend the life of your heating system. Keep in mind that proper and professional cleaning and adjustments will save you money and protect your equipment investment. While there are obvious differences in the design and operation of gas boilers and furnaces, and therefore in the maintenance provided, the following measures are those which should be included in a routine tune-up procedure:
Clean burners, combustion chamber, and heat exchange surfaces
Check color of flame: the proper color is blue
Check fan belts and blowers
Check safety controls
Check thermostat operation
Check thermocouple and pilot light assembly (if applicable)
Check for proper venting
Inspect and replace filters
Lubricate all motors (if applicable)
Replacing Your Gas Heating System
Replacing your old heating system is sometimes the most cost-effective option. An older heating system can have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of as little as 50%, whereas new energy efficient condensing and pulse furnaces can achieve an AFUE as high as 97%. In addition to the operating cost savings and safety benefits of a new furnace, today’s furnaces can offer greater home comfort when multi-stage options are included. Check out our Furnace Replacement page for more information.
Central A/C Tune-Up & Maintenance
When you take steps to make your central air conditioning effective and efficient, you can realize monthly savings on your energy bills. ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Efficiency Services is designed to help you do just that. Tune-up your current system Keep your cooling system running at peak performance by having a ComEd Smart Ideas participating independent contractor perform an annual tune-up on your central air conditioning unit. Tune-ups can help you:
Save money on your monthly electricity bill
Improve the efficiency of your air conditioner
Achieve better humidity control
Prevent costly repairs
Keep your home more comfortable
During the tune-up service, the participating contractor will use state-of-the-art computerized equipment to accurately analyze your cooling system's performance and adjust your air conditioner to optimize its energy efficiency—resulting in a cooler, more comfortable home. Install a new high-efficiency system When the time comes to install a new central air conditioner, it’s important to choose the right high-efficiency system for your home in order to optimize the system's performance and efficiency. Working with a ComEd Smart Ideas participating independent contractor provides the following benefits:
Participating independent contractors are trained on the benefits of higher efficiency air conditioners. They are prepared to discuss how a high efficiency upgrade can save you money on your electric bill.
Participating independent contractors will complete a detailed analysis of your home's cooling needs. This ensures that the new unit is sized to provide maximum comfort and efficiency.
Participating independent contractors utilize state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic tools to ensure your new equipment is installed according to manufacturer specifications.