Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like a car, your home HVAC system requires routine maintenance. Without staying on top of routine maintenance on your car like 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 optimum performance or efficiency and could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very sturdy piece of equipment. It is designed to stand up to daily use and keep on running. This is great in many respects, but it could reinforce complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without routine maintenance, an air conditioner forfeits about 5% of its original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you got just a few years ago might be operating like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can replenish some of that lost efficiency through regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have demonstrated that with consistent tune-ups a unit will sustain up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the price of a semiannual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and lower repair costs. A suitably serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.
One of the most vital things to check is the refrigerant level in the air conditioner. A system that is only 10% low on coolant will cost around 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) advises that coolant levels be inspected every year.
Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things in addition to yearly tune-ups that you can do to help maintain a high level of comfort and appropriate system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and replace them regularly.
- Keep sticks and other materials a distance from the outdoor unit of your air conditioner.
- Avoid closing supply air outlets in your house. In just about all cases, closing supply outlets is detrimental to the operation of the overall system.
What Kind of Improvements Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Maintained by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most reliable, requires routine maintenance. Modern equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in many ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners regain much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to undergo a severe breakdown.
- They have a longer life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, throughout the year.
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