There are a couple ways you can keep your HVAC system in great shape. Keep reading to find out more about HVAC maintenance.
We get it: when the time comes for your regular HVAC maintenance, you may start to ask yourself whether you really need to schedule a tune-up. After all, your air conditioner has been running just fine. Why bother fixing something that isn't broken?
Unfortunately, we often take our HVAC system for granted, assuming that there are no problems worth addressing as long as it's still working. It's only when subtle issues spiral out of control that we realize how wrong we were!
There are plenty of good reasons to invest in seasonal maintenance, which can help your health, protect your wallet, and ensure your comfort. Here are eight key reasons to schedule your next check-up now.
1. Fewer HVAC Repairs
The biggest benefit of regular maintenance is an obvious one: fewer unexpected breakdowns and HVAC problems.
Though seasonal maintenance can't guarantee that your system won't see the occasional issue, it can help catch minor problems before they snowball into more expensive ones.
When a technician comes to your home to check your system, they'll address wear and tear, lubricate working parts, inspect the wiring, and much more. These tune-ups can ensure that you won't have to deal with HVAC emergencies down the road.
2. Consistent Comfort
Because you'll experience fewer HVAC emergencies, you and your household will be able to rely on your heating and cooling regardless of what the weather throws at you.
Here in South Florida, our summers are often scorching, with parts of the region experiencing record highs this past year. And though our winters are milder, our cold snaps can get pretty extreme as well.
No one wants to be without heating during the coldest days of the year or cooling on a hot summer day. Regular maintenance ensures that this worry won't even cross your mind.
3. Longer Lifespan
On average, a home HVAC system can last for at least a decade. With regular maintenance, you can stretch this lifespan to 15 years or more.
This is because tune-ups always relieve the strain on your system.
Dirt and debris can make your HVAC unit work harder to push air throughout your home, old parts can corrode, and worn materials can cause friction-based wear and tear. All of these things can put stress on your motor and the other vital components of your system. An experienced technician will catch these issues and address them before the added strain can cause major problems.
4. Lower Utility Bills
The cost of cooling a house here in Florida is no joke. Running the air conditioner during the warm summer months can get expensive fast, but things get even more expensive when your system is out of shape.
When your system is fighting to cool air and push it through your home or overcompensating for worn or broken components, its work becomes much less effective. Less effective work always translates to higher monthly bills.
5. Better Indoor Air Quality
It's easy to forget that your HVAC system does much more than heat and cool your home. It also helps to improve your home's air quality. Because your system runs its air through its filter and ventilation system, it catches airborne contaminants that would otherwise fill the air you breathe.
For you and your household, this can translate to better health. Without this filtration, those airborne contaminants have the opportunity to wreak havoc on your respiratory system. Common issues with low air quality include nose and throat irritation as well as symptoms like fatigue and headaches.
In addition, your HVAC system helps to regulate the humidity in the air, which can be crucial during the summer. Not only can humidity levels affect your health, but too much humidity can make it easier for nuisances like mold and mildew to grow in your home.
6. Enhanced Safety
Getting someone to take a look at your AC isn't just good for your health; it's also good for your household's safety.
HVAC issues might seem like a nightmare in terms of your comfort, but it's also important to remember that these systems can cause major safety issues in the wrong circumstances.
For example, a furnace that runs on gas can become a huge problem if the system develops a gas leak. In addition, older, broken, or faulty parts can generate excessive heat that can bring your HVAC's temperature to dangerous levels. Deteriorating electrical wiring can be hazardous as well.
Because it's hard to diagnose these problems on your own, you might not even register them as safety hazards until it's too late.
7. Maintained Warranty
While homeowners with older units won't have to worry about this, if you have a newer HVAC system, regular inspections may be the only thing standing between you and a voided warranty.
Most manufacturers require annual maintenance as a condition of the warranty. If anything goes wrong and you have to file a claim against them, you'll need to show proof that you've had a professional inspect the system on schedule.
Often, paying for regular maintenance will cost you far less than paying out of pocket for an expensive equipment replacement if something breaks down and you've voided your warranty.
8. Peace of Mind
If you want to enhance your home's comfort, there's nothing like the confidence of knowing a professional team is backing your HVAC system. With regular check-ups, you can be sure that you won't have to worry about an unexpected spike in your utility bills, a surprise repair, or a sudden breakdown right when you need your system most.
Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance
The bottom line is this: a little HVAC maintenance goes a long way. No matter how tempting it may feel to skip your annual tune-ups, these inspections can help you improve your system's performance and lifespan with lower bills across the board.
Ready to get started? Our trained and certified AC professionals are ready to do a thorough check of your system while addressing all of your questions and concerns. Contact us for more information or to schedule service.