Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like a car, your home HVAC system depends on routine maintenance. Without performing routine maintenance on your car including oil changes, tire rotations, changing brake pads, etc., your car wouldn’t survive that long. The same holds true for your air conditioner and heat pump, they won’t function at maximum performance or efficiency and will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very durable piece of equipment. It is built to survive all sorts of abuse and keep on going. This is preferable in a majority of respects, but it could result in 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 might be running like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can recapture most of that lost efficiency via 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 made up very quickly in savings on your monthly energy bill and decreased repair costs. A professionally serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of controlling the humidity in your home.
One of the most crucial 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 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 suitable system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and replace them on a regular basis.
- Keep plants and other materials clear from the outdoor unit of your air conditioner.
- Try not to close 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 Improvements Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Fine-Tuned by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most reliable, depends on routine maintenance. Modern technology like today’s air conditioners benefit in several ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners regain much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to suffer a serious breakdown.
- They have a greater life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, year-round.
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