You know HVAC system maintenance is important. It’s the way to keep your system running at peak efficiency and reliability. The benefits to you, your family, and your home budget are great. Here’s a list of the 6 top benefits of regular HVAC system maintenance.
There’s nothing worse than your air conditioning breaking down in the middle of a heat wave or your heater breaking down in the dead of winter. Then you have to scramble to get it fixed and the repairs can be costly.
A regular maintenance program will prevent unexpected breakdowns. By keeping a regular AC maintenance and heating maintenance schedule, your HVAC contractor can ensure that any small problems don’t become big ones.
A neglected HVAC system has to work harder to heat or cool your home. This leads to higher energy bills, and no one wants higher energy bills. By regularly maintaining your system, you reduce your energy costs and, as a side benefit, environmental costs. By reducing energy usage, you reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for everyone!
No matter how good your HVAC system is, it will wear out at some point. Most HVAC systems have a 10–15 year lifespan. This can be affected by many factors, maintenance being the biggest. By neglecting regular HVAC maintenance or ignoring possible problems, your system will wear out much sooner.
Installing a new system is costly, so regular maintenance will help you avoid that cost for a long time. A maintenance agreement will help your system last 10-15 years, possibly longer. Even a brand new system requires regular maintenance. By keeping your system maintained, you’ll save a lot more money than if you neglect your system and end up paying big repair bills.
Indoor air pollution is a major problem. Since homes today are more insulated and sealed from the outside, pollutants from outside and inside can be a problem. Poor indoor air quality can lead to allergies, breathing issues, and so on. Regular filter replacement and system maintenance can help keep your indoor air clean.
Part of this includes having your ducts cleaned periodically, and cleaning the wall vents in your home. While your ducts can be cleaned by a duct cleaning machine, you’ll have to clean the vents yourself. While you may have to climb a ladder (be careful!) to reach them, getting rid of the dirt and dust that has accumulated will go a long way to keeping your indoor air cleaner. Another side benefit is that you won’t have to dust the furniture quite so often!
A great benefit of a regular HVAC maintenance program is that you get to know your contractor’s service technicians and they get to know you and your system. By building this relationship, your HVAC contractor will become familiar with your home and your system, as well as with what you want from your HVAC system.
Building a long term relationship with your HVAC contractor builds trust and good communication. If you do have a problem, they’ll know your system well and be able to diagnose and repair any major or minor problems you may be having.
Knowing your HVAC system is operating well and efficiently is great. So is knowing that by keeping your system properly maintained will help you avoid unexpected large repair bills and discomfort for you and your family.
You have enough stress in your life without worrying that your HVAC system could fail at any time. It also reduces the stress your family feels since they know that the AC won’t fail on the hottest day of the year and the heater won’t fail in the middle of a polar vortex. Knowing this and knowing that you won’t end up sweltering in the heat or have your pipes freeze and burst while you’re away with the family for the holidays is the kind of peace of mind you can’t buy.
Peace of mind also comes from knowing you can handle the smaller home maintenance tasks on your own. Read our previous blog post “Home Maintenance Means More Than Calling Us Once a Year” to learn what maintenance you can do yourself to keep your home in tip-top shape.
If we’ve convinced you of how importance HVAC maintenance is, or it’s time for your regular maintenance visit, give us a call at Mark Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating. Our expert HVAC contractors are ready to help keep your system in the best possible shape and working as efficiently as possible!