Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like a car, your home HVAC system depends on routine maintenance. Without performing routine maintenance on your car like oil changes, tire rotations, changing brake pads, etc., your car wouldn’t last that long. The same holds true for your air conditioner and heat pump, they won’t function at optimal performance or efficiency and could 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 stand up to daily use and keep on working. This is preferable in most respects, but it could result in complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without routine maintenance, an air conditioner forfeits about 5% of its expected efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER system that you installed just a few years ago might be running like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can recapture a majority of that lost efficiency through regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have illustrated that with regular tune-ups a unit will preserve up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the cost of a semiannual tune-up is replenished very quickly in savings on your monthly utility 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 vital 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 reviewed every year.
Things You Can Do Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things in addition to yearly tune-ups that you can do to help sustain a high level of comfort and suitable system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and change them when needed.
- Keep bushes and other materials away from the outdoor unit of your air conditioner.
- Try not to close supply air outlets in your house. In just about all cases, closing supply outlets is adverse to the efficiency 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. Modern equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in different ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners regain much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to undergo a major breakdown.
- They have a longer life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, all year.
What are you waiting for? Schedule your tune-up now and start saving!
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