Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like any car, your home HVAC system needs routine maintenance. Without completing routine maintenance on your car such as oil changes, tire rotations, changing brake pads, etc., your car wouldn’t survive that long. The same holds true for your air conditioner and heat pump, they won’t perform at optimum performance or efficiency and will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very durable piece of equipment. It is manufactured to withstand daily use and keep on running. This is great in a majority of respects, but it could reinforce complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without quality maintenance, an air conditioner loses about 5% of its initial efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER system that you installed just a few years ago might be performing like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can recapture some of that lost efficiency with regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have shown that with regular tune-ups an air conditioner will sustain up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the cost of a semiannual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly energy bill and decreased repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.
One of the most important things to check is the refrigerant level in the air conditioner. A system that is only 10% low on coolant will cost close to 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) suggests that coolant levels be checked every year.
Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things besides yearly tune-ups that you can do to help ensure a high level of comfort and suitable system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and exchange them on a regular basis.
- Keep plants and other materials a distance from the external unit of your air conditioner.
- Don’t close supply air outlets in your house. In close to all cases, closing supply outlets is detrimental to the effectiveness of the overall system.
What Kind of Improvements Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Fine-Tuned by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most dependable, needs routine maintenance. Complicated equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in several ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners capture back much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to suffer a total breakdown.
- They have an extended life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, throughout the year.
What Are You waiting For? Arrange Your Tune-Up Now and Start Saving Today!
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