Preventative Maintenance on your Heating/AC is Important
In order to optimize your heating and a/c unit’s efficiency, keep it on a maintenance schedule to prevent issues from occurring. Proper maintenance will save you money, time, and peace of mind in a variety of ways. Regularly scheduled HVAC tune ups and maintenance will keep your system running smoothly for a long time. Here are some benefits that come from preventative maintenance, and tips for completing the maintenance.
Longer Life Span
Just like getting an oil change for your car, maintaining your HVAC system is important to keep things running efficiently and prevent them from prematurely wearing out. An average system that is properly maintained has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, but can last longer, depending on how often it is used. Maintenance is recommended twice a year, once in the spring before you plan on running the a/c, and once in the fall before you start using the heat. If you live in an area where you use the a/c or heat for most of the year, and the system is constantly running, they will need to have maintenance more frequently. Regardless of how often you use your HVAC system, preventative maintenance should be done regularly to extend the life of the system. The cost of a new HVAC system can range from $3,000 and $7,000. So making your current system last as long as possible will save you money in the long run.
Less Money Spent on Repairs
By properly maintaining your HVAC system, you will save money by extending the life of the system and by catching problems before they become bigger issues. Hiring a certified technician to perform maintenance regularly will allow the system to be inspected for any warning signs or small issues. A small problem within the ductwork or the HVAC machine itself can quickly be fixed. If left unresolved, the issue could become a much larger and costly repair – not to mention all the money you are spending on your energy bill as your HVAC system works harder to move air through your home. HVAC tune ups and maintenance prevent a small issue from becoming a big one.
Keeping your heating and a/c system well-maintained is important for multiple reasons – not just for saving money. Your HVAC system doesn’t just heat and cool your home – it also serves as an air-filtering system for your home. Studies show that the air indoors can actually contain more pollutants than air outside. This is because air is filtered through rain and wind outside, but indoor air is not. Air circulates through your HVAC system, passing through filters that can catch and remove pollutants and airborne bacteria. Changing out your HVAC filter regularly is one part of maintenance that you can do on your own. It should be changed every month to every 6 months, depending on what type of filter you use. Regular maintenance with a certified HVAC technician will ensure that your system is operating efficiently and that the air is being properly filtered.
It is hard to keep up with the day-to-day needs of your home, especially while balancing your family and a job. By keeping with a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment, it takes that task off your plate and allows a professional to handle it for you. When your HVAC technician comes to complete the regular maintenance, make things easy and schedule your next appointment – usually about 6 months later. By having regular maintenance completed, you can get to know your technician, and the technician will get to know your system. This allows them to work more efficiently and to know what to look for when servicing your particular unit.
Preventative maintenance for your heating and a/c system is important for a variety of reasons.
Save yourself time, money, and worry by turning to a professional. Don’t wait until your system is on it’s last legs, and you have to fork over thousands of dollars to keep it running or to buy a new unit. Keep your HVAC unit in pristine condition and it will save you from buying a new unit for a decade or two. Give Weather Crafters a call today to schedule your next HVAC tune up and maintenance. As soon as you do, your HVAC unit will start thanking you!
For more information on the importance of maintaining your HVAC, check out https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/maintaining-your-air-conditioner