The key to longevity, whether it’s your health or your car, is proper and routine upkeep and maintenance, and an HVAC system is no different. Not only is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system a very important component to your home, it’s a rather expensive one at that. So it’s a good idea to do what you can to keep it in good shape.
While it might seem like regular HVAC maintenance is inconvenient or costly, the benefits of regular upkeep far outweigh the downsides. So why exactly is HVAC maintenance important?
For one, it will save you money. Everyone loves to save money, and while it might cost slightly more in the near term to get annual check ups for your HVAC system, regular servicing can equal big savings in the future. Not only will you be able to fix small problems before they become big problems and expensive ones at that, an efficiently running system will do wonders in keeping your bills down. A clean and properly running HVAC system will result in lower energy costs and lower heating and cooling costs, too.
To further save you money, if you are regularly monitoring your HVAC system, you will be able to catch any irregularities that might be starting to happen, and you will therefore be able to stop problems before they become emergencies. If you can catch problems while they are just beginning, like a small leak for example, you will be able to not only do the repairs quickly, but you can do them during the months when the system is not running at full capacity. It’s much worse to have to do an emergency repair in the middle of winter than in fall or spring when you can go a day or without turning on the heat.
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Regularly monitoring your system and catching things before they go wrong also means that you might be able to get certain parts fixed under warranty. It’s a good idea to keep a list of all warranties and to set a schedule so you can keep an eye on things before the warranty expires. This, too, can save you a great deal of money in the future.
While it’s good for your bottom dollar to have an HVAC system that runs efficiently, it’s also good for your health. A dirty system means poor air quality for you and your family. Without proper care and maintenance, the HVAC system can be the home of dust, mould or bacteria, which will then get circulated throughout your home. You should be checking the filters yourself throughout the year, but it’s important to have clean coils and ducts as well, which will be checked during a routine maintenance appointment.
All in all, home care takes time, energy and work. But staying on top of smaller maintenance projects extends the life of things like your HVAC system and saves you money in the long run. And you want the home to be a happy, safe and healthy place for you and your family so it’s important to put the time and energy in before things go wrong.
If you are looking to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment, or if you have any questions about HVAC repairs, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.