If you live in South Florida, you know how important it is to have a working HVAC system, especially during the summer months. HVAC services are an essential part of keeping the air conditioning system running smoothly. Although South Floridians may not get much use out of the heating element in their system, it’s still important to have regular preventative maintenance done. Sure, we can count on one hand the number of times it gets below 50 °F during the “winter” months, but it never hurts to be prepared! Routinely maintaining your HVAC system, ensures that you’re ready for anything Mother Nature may have in store.
Aside from the fact that you won’t have to worry about your air conditioning breaking down when you need it the most, regular AC service prolongs the lifespan of your entire HVAC system. Regular check-ups performed by an HVAC technician will bring any potential problems to your attention so you can fix them before it becomes a more costly endeavor.
For the best overall performance, it’s recommended that homeowners service their central air conditioning system twice a year.
Of course, regular maintenance can prolong the life of your air conditioning system. HVAC units are not cheap. Depending on the brand, features, and size of the space you’re trying to cool, just the cost of the unit can be as much as $10,000! That’s before you add installation costs. Did you know that in the U.S., the average cost for HVAC installation is about $15 to $18 per square foot of living space? It should go without saying that staying on top of maintenance with regular HVAC services is smart if you want to get the most out of your investment.
The point of an HVAC system is that you have the option of central heat should you want or need it. While South Florida doesn’t lend itself to the frigid temperatures our friends up north have, it’s not unheard of to occasionally turn on the heat. From December until February, the average daily low temperature sits in the 50s, but to an unacclimated South Floridian, that feels more like 20 °F. We’re wusses, we know.
Bearing all that in mind, it’s a good idea to do a small test every now and then to ensure that your heating system works. Don’t be alarmed with the smoky smell; that’s just dust particles and other debris that have settled on the heat exchanger. As the particles burn off, that smell will dissipate. If it lasts for longer than a day, consider calling an HVAC technician to take a look.
The moral of the story? Having your HVAC regularly serviced guarantees you aren’t caught off guard with problems later.
Irrespective of the season, you should be regularly changing the air filter in your HVAC system. As a general rule of thumb, you should be replacing your air filter every three months. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or any respiratory illness, or if you have any indoor pets, it’s recommended that you change the air filter every 30 to 45 days for optimal performance.
Not sure which kind of air filter you should be using? An HVAC technician can help you choose the right AC filter for your space. Not only will you be enhancing your indoor air quality by breathing in cleaner air, you’ll also save on electricity costs.
If you live in an area with lots of dust, sand, or smoke, it’s a good idea to regularly have the HVAC cleaned to eliminate pushing those debris particles throughout the home.
Because regular maintenance of the HVAC unit makes it easier for the system to perform, it’s easy to deduce that it will also stabilize energy costs as they appear on your monthly utility bills. If nothing else, one of the best things you can do to avoid overworking your system is to change the air filter as recommended.
Regular HVAC services performed by professionals are important. As we’ve laid out, the benefits of regular servicing greatly outweigh the cons. HVAC repairs are a lot easier to stomach than an entire replacement of the system. For a range of professional HVAC services, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today at 1-800-475-1504!
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