What if we told you that a small investment could save money, breathe cleaner air, enjoy increased safety and comfort in your home, and help the environment while boosting your overall peace of mind?
Enter the 6 reasons why you need regular HVAC maintenance and why it is a wise and worthwhile investment.
1. Save Money
Here are ways preventive maintenance benefits your bottom line.
- Prevent costly breakdowns
- Reduce energy bills
- Extend the life of your system
- Stay protected under warranty
Regular HVAC maintenance is said to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns by as much as 95%. Chances are you wouldn’t drive your car for 50,000 miles without getting an oil change; you’d be asking for trouble. This analogy holds true for your heating and cooling system (and any mechanical system).
Maintenance can cut your energy bills: Preventive maintenance helps ensure that your HVAC system runs at close to peak efficiency. This can mean savings of up to 30% on your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Maintenance can extend system life: Regular maintenance extends the life of your system, reducing the likelihood that you’ll need to spend big bucks on an HVAC installation soon. By keeping up with your system, your HVAC technician can spot, diagnose, and fix minor or potential problems before they materialize into larger and potentially detrimental problems.
Maintenance can keep you covered under warranty: It’s important to be aware that most HVAC manufacturers require proof of annual maintenance when a repair claim is submitted under warranty. Some of the components that make your HVAC system work are fairly expensive (such as a heat exchanger), so investing in annual maintenance to keep your equipment covered under your warranty can save you a significant sum if something goes wrong.
2. Improve Your Air Quality
The EPA reports that indoor levels of airborne pollutants may be 2-5 times higher (in extreme cases more than 100 times higher) than outdoor levels. This is particularly significant if you or any family members suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma.
Though we are not aware of it day to day, we share our homes with a variety of substances that we would rather not breathe. These common indoor allergens range from ordinary household dust that can contain dozens of respiratory issues to pet dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke, pollen and mold.
If a musty odor has you concerned about mold, it may be time to consider having the air ducts professionally cleaned. Generally speaking, preventive maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.
3. Improve Your Comfort
You depend on your HVAC system to keep you comfortable year-round. Regular maintenance helps your system produce and distribute the warm or cool air more evenly and steadily. It also reduces the odds that you’ll come home from work one summer’s day to find warm air blasting through your vents.
Regular maintenance will also minimize the chances that HVAC noises or smells will disrupt your quality of life.
4. Keep Your Home Safer
Preventive HVAC maintenance also helps safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide – the colorless, odorless gas whose effects can be deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues.
The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked or failed heat exchanger. An HVAC maintenance checkup typically includes a carbon monoxide test that would detect any potential hazard. Your HVAC professional can also talk to you about the benefits of installing a carbon monoxide detector. There are other useful tools including the Wave Monitor.
5. Help the Environment
For those concerned about their green footprint, keep in mind that a well-maintained HVAC system consumes considerably less fuel – and that’s good for the planet.
Such homeowners will also want to be aware of what kind of refrigerant is used in their system since the EPA has been working to phase out substances that harm the environment. HVAC technicians handling controlled refrigerants are required to have EPA Section 608 Certification and can help you understand what kind of refrigerant you’re using, its impact on the environment, and your options.
Your HVAC technician can also talk to you about the benefits of using a programmable thermostat or switching from oil heat to natural gas so you can take to reduce your system’s impact on the environment.
6. Give Yourself Greater Peace of Mind
Finally, investing in a preventive maintenance plan gives you the comfort of knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re in good hands with an HVAC contractor that knows you and knows your system.