Many homeowners and business owners don’t consider HVAC maintenance a priority. For several decades, most every home and business built in America has had some type of centralized HVAC system installed. Indoor climate control is as common as indoor plumbing, and yet many people never take the time to maintain their equipment. Routine maintenance is necessary to ensure the system runs effectively and to prevent major repair work. Here are three reasons to make HVAC maintenance a priority.
Maintaining clean air: A necessary part of routine maintenance is changing or cleaning air filters. Some types of filters are reusable, while others must be replaced. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters EVERY month during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or if you have pets in the house.
Controlling energy consumption: One of the easiest benefits to document is how HVAC maintenance affects energy efficiency. Homes and businesses in which proper HVAC maintenance is completed use at least 15 to 20% less energy than those where systems are allowed to deteriorate.
Saving you money: Energy-efficient HVAC systems will lower monthly electric bills. A home’s air conditioning system typically uses more energy than all other home appliances combined, so it’s cost effective to do what’s necessary to ensure the system runs as efficiently as possible. Maintaining your HVAC system will also likely prolong its life, and sometimes may even prevent costly problems from developing. Allowing your HVAC system to deteriorate is never financially beneficial.