During the cold Northbrook, Illinois, winters, your furnace may be working overtime to keep your family comfortable. Make sure your heating system is in good condition this season. If your utility bills increase dramatically, you have problems achieving comfortable indoor temperatures, and you experience indoor air quality challenges, your furnace might be in need of repair.

Your Utility Bills Increase

An increase in your home’s utility bills can be a sign that your furnace may not be working properly. As it ages, its efficiency can also decrease. If the system needs repair, your furnace may actually require more energy than necessary to heat your home to the desired temperature.

Sometimes, a small fix, such as changing the air filter, can help. But a significant increase in your utility bills could signal larger problems with your furnace’s overall functionality.

Your Family’s Health Is Affected

If you notice a difference in your family’s health this winter, your furnace might be the cause. When air filters become clogged, your HVAC system begins blowing polluted air through your home.

Poor air quality is responsible for, or can worsen a number of health issues including allergies and asthma. For older model furnaces, carbon monoxide leaks can also be a concern. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and headaches. Since carbon monoxide poisoning is dangerous, make sure carbon monoxide detectors are installed in your home.

Temperatures Vary From Room to Room

When you feel cold air blowing through the vents or discover cold spots in the rooms of your home, these signs could also indicate problems with your heating system. It might not be able to produce enough heat for your home. A problem with the furnace is also reflected when the thermostat doesn’t appear consistent with your home’s internal temperature.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, your furnace is likely not functioning as it should. Call Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to speak with one of our heating services professionals. We can inspect your furnace and make repairs to make sure your heating system functions properly in your home.

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