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Most of us only realize how essential our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are when something goes wrong. If you’ve ever been stuck in the Florida summer without a working air conditioner, then you know what we’re talking about! One way to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you is to invest in regular HVAC maintenance. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but routine maintenance could save you from major repairs (or a very stuffy, humid house) at a later stage.
What is HVAC Maintenance?
The typical HVAC maintenance routine means turning off the power source for the system, removing the grates and covers, inspecting parts for damage, and performing repairs where necessary. Regular maintenance also includes cleaning covers and components to prevent damage and keep your system running efficiently. While there are some things you can do to maintain your own system, it’s best to get a professional in a few times a year to do a thorough maintenance inspection.
How does Maintenance Save Money?
Routine maintenance is a clever preventative way to keep your system running at its best all year round. Here are some ways maintenance can actually save you money:
- You may be surprised to learn that heating and cooling systems have efficiency ratings, usually determined by a third-party – like the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) – that is independent from manufacturers. The better your energy efficiency, the less strain your HVAC unit places on your energy grid, and the planet. If you’re concerned about leading an environmentally-friendly life, or even just saving money, the efficiency of your HVAC unit is essential. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty or clogged filter can reduce energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent (gov). Similarly, the Institute for Building Efficiency states that regular HVAC maintenance can lower your energy costs by 5 to 40 percent, depending on the type of system (Institutebe.com). That’s a sizeable reduction in your bills at the end of the month.
- Routine maintenance also means less repairs. Replacing or repairing an HVAC component can be costly, especially when simple, regular cleaning can keep parts running for years.
- A maintenance inspection could also potentially save you from medical bills! With Florida’s humidity and seasonal storms, moisture finds its way into HVAC systems over time, which could lead to toxic molds growing in your duct work. These molds release spores, which are then carried through the ducts and into your home by the ventilation system. Addressing mold problems before they get out of control is an important preventative measure. Find out more about how to protect your air conditioning system during storms here.
- You may also want to consider a professional inspection and cleaning if you’ve just purchased a house (who knows how often the previous owners performed maintenance and repairs), or if you’ve done some remodeling in your own home (dust and grit from construction can clog your ducts and filters).
At the end of the day, routine maintenance will pay for itself by reducing your energy bills and alleviating the need for constant repairs. Contact us to find out more about HVAC maintenance, and our Preventative Maintenance Programs.