No matter the time of year, it is always a good idea to maintain routine service on your HVAC system. HVAC maintenance ensures that you will never be caught out, cursing the heat or cold, while you call around looking for a repair service – or worse – pricing an emergency replacement after the weather has turned for the extreme during winter and summer. HVAC maintenance also ensures a number of other positive aspects for the life of your heating and cooling systems.
A fully functional HVAC is not just something you install one time and forget about it; it requires a commitment by you, the owner. And whether you do it yourself or hire a professional contractor to handle the work, HVAC maintenance is a must if you hope to get the most comfort for your hard-earned dollar.
Why is it so important?
Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of regular HVAC maintenance:
Lower energy bills
Just because your HVAC system is meeting the temperatures your thermostat is asking of it does not mean that it’s in perfect working order. A system that is not cleaned (filters especially) regularly and maintained has to work harder, therefore drawing more energy in order to meet the demands made of it. Think of it this way, your HVAC system is just as complex as your car’s engine. What happens if you buy a car, brand new or used, and never service it? It inevitably breaks down. Well, your HVAC system is exactly the same.
HVAC maintenance is cheaper than repair
Again with the car analogy but what is more expensive – routine oil changes and replacing of belts, or replacing whole engine parts? You have to think of your HVAC unit as a complex piece of machinery, not just something that is another piece of your home or business. Routine service will significantly lower the odds of catastrophic breakdown – the kind that has you running to the phone and looking for professional help (and reaching for your wallet to pay for it).
Getting every ounce of life from your HVAC
HVAC units are not cheap to buy, and when you make that kind of financial commitment, you’d like to think you’re going to get the absolute best from your purchase for as long as possible. Routine maintenance helps ensure that very thing. The current lifespan of HVAC units includes 13-20 years for a furnace and 15-20 years for an air conditioning unit. If you do not attend to the mechanical and equipment needs of those systems, however, their lifespans are certain to be much shorter – which ends up costing you much more in the long run.
A safer home
A fully-functional HVAC system goes beyond money concerns. That’s because a malfunctioning heating and/or cooling unit can present a legitimate health hazard to your home or business. Did you know that a furnace that develops a crack in the heat exchanger can allow carbon monoxide gas to escape? Carbon monoxide is hazardous to breath and can even cause death. Meanwhile, stress in the wiring systems of any HVAC system can lead to fire hazards. Yes, money is the most obvious and typical reason for HVAC maintenance, but there are more significant reasons to stay on top of your heating and cooling systems.
Make sure to stay on top of your HVAC system, and you will live a much happier, more comfortable and safer life. And, if do-it-yourself maintenance is not your cup of tea, then remember that professional and certified help is just a phone call away.