Nearly half of your home’s energy costs are directly linked to your HVAC system. Your heating, cooling and ventilation system has a big job to do: It keeps your home a comfortable temperature all year long, but without proper maintenance, it can become inefficient, burning through energy and your paycheck quickly. You can get the most out of your HVAC system with seasonal maintenance and regular checkups.
1. Regular maintenance lowers costs.
Dirty ductwork, clogged filters and worn parts can cost you more every season and over the life of your system. A well-maintained HVAC system will perform more efficiently, saving you not just on your energy bills but also reducing the likelihood of costly breakdowns. You can spot problems earlier when they’re easier to manage and less likely to cause major problems.
2. Proper maintenance keeps your warranty intact.
The average HVAC system has a lifespan of about 10 to 20 years. That lifespan can vary quite a bit depending on maintenance, however. Good maintenance can extend your system’s lifespan significantly, which is why many HVAC manufacturers require that homeowners have proof of annual maintenance when they submit a repair claim under their warranty agreement. Routine maintenance is a small price to pay to extend the life of your system by years.
3. Seasonal checkups keep you comfortable.
Servicing your HVAC system periodically ensures that your air conditioner and furnace or boiler can operate at peak efficiency, which optimizes indoor comfort. It will also circulate air more effectively, keeping the air quality higher and reducing the number of potential irritants and allergens in your home.
What to Expect from Seasonal Maintenance
As you can see, scheduling seasonal maintenance can be one of the best ways to protect your investment in your HVAC system.
During a seasonal HVAC checkup, your technician will likely do several different things to keep your system healthy and operating at its peak, including:
Checking your thermostat to ensure the HVAC is set at a comfortable temperature while you’re home and at an energy-saving temperature when you are away
Measure voltage and current on motors and tighten electrical connections to ensure safe operation
Lubricate moving parts to reduce motor friction and reduce electrical use
Check condensate drain in air conditioner, furnace or heat pump to reduce the risk of water damage
Check system controls
Before the beginning of the heating season, your technician will check gas or oil connections and gas pressure to ensure there are no faulty connections that could lead to a fire hazard. He or she will also check the combustion and heat exchanger to ensure safe, efficient operation.
Before the cooling season starts, your technician will prepare your air conditioner by cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils. When the coils are dirty, the system will operate less efficiently, which will increase your energy costs and put wear on your equipment. If your unit uses refrigerant, it will be checked and adjusted as needed. All blower components will be cleaned and adjusted to ensure proper airflow.
You can take steps to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency periodically by checking and replacing your air filters every month. The air filters keep debris, such as hair, dust, animal dander and pollen, from interfering with the blower fans. When the air filters are dirty or clogged, the system has to work harder to keep your home cool or warm, which increases your energy bill and puts more strain on your AC or furnace.
Contact us today to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance so that you're prepared for the upcoming season!