An Inefficient HVAC System Will Cost You Money

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Cold winters demand a warm home, but what do you do if your home’s furnace isn’t working? If you were to ask an HVAC expert, they would tell you that about 75% of their “furnace not working” jobs have come about as a result of improper or insufficient maintenance. Unlike some machines, a furnace can stop working with little to no warning, leaving you stranded with no heat during cold winters.

To Avoid a Cold House This Winter, Keep Your HVAC Unit on a Proper Maintenance Schedule.

If you’ve ever had an AC malfunctioning, then you’ve likely experienced what happens when the house is too hot and household comfort is sacrificed. To avoid this discomfort in reverse during cold winters, it’s absolutely necessary to take care of your heating and cooling system. The main reason, of course, is to keep the system running. The second reason is to keep that system running optimally.

How Often Does My HVAC Need to Have Maintenance Done?

The website Energystar.gov advises homeowners to have their heating system’s air filter changed every one to three months depending on its usage and the surrounding climate. However, it is generally recommended that heating and cooling systems be checked at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall before the heavy usage of summer and winter.

Here’s What Happens During a Routine Maintenance Check.

A routine HVAC check is not very intensive, unless that is required. The technician will not need to completely dismantle the unit. They will first clear away any debris that may have accumulated both outside and inside the system. The hoses will be inspected; refrigerant levels will be refilled. The technician will examine/clean the coil and cabinet, and inspect the fan for undue wear and tear. The benefit of this inspection of course is replacing components before they break during cold winters and leave you stranded with no heat.

Proper Maintenance Results in Better Efficiency.

A clean machine runs better than one with clogged hoses, dirty fans, and obstructed vents. A machine that runs efficiently also requires less energy when performing its job. Less energy used of course leads to less money owed to the energy company.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has found that between 25% to 40% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is wasted. This can be caused by having an older unit, but is also attributed to having contaminants built up in the system that force it to work much harder to do its job. Do yourself a favor and keep your machine running efficiently, by scheduling regular maintenance checks.

It can be frighteningly easy to forget that our most relied-upon machines need our care. Without regular checks, these appliances can and will break down at the most inopportune times. To save your future self a load of grief, plan ahead today by making the regular maintenance of your HVAC system a regular part of your schedule.

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