Your HVAC system is a key part of keeping your home comfortable. It consists of several complex machines and systems all working in harmony to keep your home the right temperature for maximum comfort. Like any machine though, it must be maintained to continue operating its best.
Proper HVAC maintenance is key to extending the life of your HVAC system and saving yourself money.
1. Reduce Energy Consumption
Maintaining your HVAC system helps prevent major breakdowns of your unit. Maintenance includes regular inspections, cleanings, and the occasional replacement part if necessary. Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your unit and prevent expensive breakdowns.
Another important part in saving energy is having your unit cleaned regularly. This helps ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible, which in turn leads to lower electric bills, especially during hot summer months.
2. Prevent Expensive Repairs
Preventive maintenance will help you avoid expensive AC repairs. A professional HVAC technician can spot potential problems during a preventive maintenance service call and help you fix them before they become serious.
It’s also cheaper and less stressful to fix normal wear and tear and various malfunctions when they’re detected early and haven’t developed into large issues. Having your HVAC systems maintained in the off seasons like fall and spring when weather is temperate, so repairs won’t be as disruptive as in summer or winter. If you don’t regularly service your HVAC system, small issues can become bigger and more serious, especially when weather is extreme and demand for service calls is high with long wait times.
If you don’t maintain your HVAC system, you’ll be at the mercy of the weather while repairs are being made. However, if you do practice proper maintenance, you’ll greatly reduce the number of emergencies you’ll have to face.
3. Maintain Factory Warranty
Many manufacturers require evidence of yearly maintenance to keep your unit’s warranty in good standing. By investing in regular Maintenance you’re saving yourself from having to front the cost of expensive replacement parts.
If you have evidence of regular maintenance, it will be easier for your HVAC technician to file a warranty claim if something goes wrong. If you stick with the same HVAC company, they may keep all these records on file to make things easier for you in the future should you need to file a claim.
If you sell your home, proper maintenance records are a great selling point to potential buyers. Most buyers much rather choose a home with documented records than one without.
4. Improve Air Quality
Your HVAC system has many filters and ducts associated with it. When it’s running at peak efficiency with clean filters the air quality in your home or business will be much better since pollutants are being filtered out of the air you breathe.
If you spend a lot of time indoors invest in quality air filters for your unit. Good filters not only keep your system and ducts clean, they also keep the air your breath cleaner, and prevent your system from spreading pollutants and allergens around your space.
Forgetting to perform filter maintenance on your system can lead to sinus irritation and allergy flare-ups.
Cleaning your evaporator coil regularly is also very important for preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria and mold. If a large buildup occurs it can lead to more allergy issues and sinus irritation.
A clean filter does a much better job at trapping contaminates and it’s easy and inexpensive to change your own filters! Keep your home healthy by ensuring clean air.
Whole home purification systems are also a great addition to keeping your home extra healthy.
5. Keep Your Home Safe and Healthy
Regular maintenance is crucial to keeping your home safe and healthy. Proper testing by technicians keeps your home free of large allergen buildups, as well as testing for gas leaks (like carbon monoxide). Some technicians may also be able to identify risks for things like electrical fires around your unit.
Gas burning furnaces product some carbon monoxide as well, this is why it is important to maintain them properly so things do not get out of hand. If your furnace is not properly vented it may leak carbon monoxide gas into your living space.
Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and deadly in large doses. It’s critically important to not overlook proper maintenance when it comes to equipment that can produce this gas. This is why it is important to maintain your equipment and detectors on or around that equipment as well.
6. Make Your System Last
Regular tune-ups for your HVAC system will help extend its lifespan. This means you can avoid having to pay for a new system for many years. If your system is in good working condition, why not prolong the expense of replacing it?
New systems can cost thousands of dollars, save yourself money and headaches by taking good care of your system with proper maintenance.
The Importance of Good HVAC Maintenance
HVAC maintenance is important for several reasons: it can help you save money, breathe safer and healthier air, and be comfortable indoors.
It’s important to hire a skilled and experienced HVAC technician to ensure your HVAC gets a proper tune-up. The technicians at Dowd Heat and Air will check your system’s energy consumption, ventilation, and air quality, as well as listen to you about any issues you’ve been having.