Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like a car, your home HVAC system requires routine maintenance. Without completing routine maintenance on your car like oil changes, tire rotations, changing brake pads, etc., your car wouldn’t live that long. The same holds true for your air conditioner and heat pump, they won’t perform at peak performance or efficiency and could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very tough piece of equipment. It is manufactured to survive heavy use and keep on running. This is preferable in a majority of respects, but it can reinforce complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without quality maintenance, an air conditioner forfeits about 5% of its expected efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER air conditioner that you bought just a few years ago could be operating like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can recapture some of that lost efficiency via regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have demonstrated that with consistent tune-ups an air conditioner will conserve up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the expense of a semiannual tune-up is replenished very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and decreased repair costs. A professionally serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of lowering humidity in 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 on average 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) suggests that coolant levels be looked at every year.
Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things along with yearly tune-ups that you can do to help sustain a high level of comfort and ideal system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and replace them when needed.
- Keep bushes and other materials away from the outdoor unit of your air conditioner.
- Avoid closing supply air outlets in your house. In close to all cases, closing supply outlets is detrimental to the function of the overall system.
What Kind of Advantages Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Maintained by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most dependable, requires routine maintenance. Modern equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in different ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners recover much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to sustain a severe breakdown.
- They have a longer life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, year-round.
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