Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like any car, your home HVAC system needs routine maintenance. Without completing routine maintenance on your car including 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 run at maximum performance or efficiency and could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very sturdy piece of technology. It is designed to survive all sorts of abuse and keep on working. This is fine in a majority of respects, but it might reinforce complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without quality maintenance, an air conditioner relinquishes about 5% of its expected efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you installed just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can replenish some of that lost efficiency through regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have demonstrated that with consistent tune-ups a unit will retain 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 reduced repair costs. A properly 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 nearly 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) advises that coolant levels be checked every year.
Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things alongside yearly tune-ups that you can do to help maintain a high level of comfort and proper system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and change them regularly.
- Keep yard debris and other materials away from the external unit of your air conditioner.
- Try not to close supply air outlets in your house. In nearly all cases, closing supply outlets is harmful to the function of the overall system.
What Kind of Benefits Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Serviced by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most dependable, depends on routine maintenance. Modern systems 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 major breakdown.
- They have a longer life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, throughout the year.
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