Benefits of HVAC Preventative Maintenance
It’s a common known fact that you should have periodic routine maintenance performed on your vehicle such as an oil change. What seems to be a less known fact is that is is equally important to have routine preventative maintenance performed on your heating and air conditioning equipment. Just like your vehicle, your heating and air conditioning equipment is a large investment that you want to last as long as possible and perform as efficiently as possible. Your system is a complex machine with many moving parts and also needs a tune-up from time to time.
In fact, one of the primary benefits of having routine preventative maintenance services on your system is extending the life of your equipment. The average lifespan of a well-maintained HVAC system is approximately 15-20 years, and with routine maintenance, you have a better chance of your equipment lasting towards the higher end of this spectrum, if not longer. Getting even a few more years out of your equipment is a significant factor when considering the long-term financial investment of an HVAC system. If you do not change the oil in your car, it is definitely going to break down eventually. The same logic can be applied here.
Another perhaps equally important factor is ensuring and improving the efficiency of your equipment. While you may have a 95% efficient system installed, it is not guaranteed that you are actually getting this efficiency unless the system is properly installed and maintained. During our routine preventative maintenance services, we perform combustion testing which is the analyzation of the burner within your heating system. It checks the oxygen and gas levels like your car’s computer monitors and adjusts fuel to air mixtures so you get the most mileage with the least amount of consumed gas. Unlike your car, your heating system runs at the same speed so we can set the mixtures to be certain that you are running the most efficiently.
The unfortunate truth is that most heating systems that were installed have never been checked to confirm they are operating efficiently or safe. The efficiency listed on the equipment is based on lab testing, not your home’s environment which is completely different. Therefore, the system needs to be tested regularly to ensure you get those efficiencies and to be sure your heating system is venting correctly. Proper ventilation is a key component to every system and we will happily check your system. Also, a by-product of the system running at it’s highest efficiency is lower monthly utility bills which also reduces the overall long term cost of running your equipment.
A regularly maintained system that is running more efficiently means that you will also be saving money on your monthly bills. The US Department of Energy has stated that when your system is running at peak efficiency you can save up to 30% in energy costs for your home. An inexpensive maintenance membership like our Comfort Care program can save you both time and money. We know everyone likes to save money, especially in those extremely cold weeks of winter or suffocatingly hot days of summer when we expect our bills to skyrocket. An annual tune-up can be extremely beneficial to the comfort in your home and lighten your wallet at the same time.
Not only are you saving money by cutting your energy costs, but you are also helping the environment. An efficient air conditioning and heating system uses less fuel, which is great for our planet. It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but imagine how much energy we could save or use for other purposes if everyone maintained their systems and everyone used less fuel to heat and cool their homes. Another great way to save money and help the environment is to speak with your technician about installing a smart or programmable thermostat, which can set temperatures for when you are home or away. If you have an older heating system that uses oil, contact your local HVAC contractor to discuss the benefits of switching to natural gas.
During routine maintenance services, technicians can also often identify existing issues or potential future issues with components of your heating and air conditioning equipment. This allows you to correct these issues before they fail which is extremely important for both your wallet and your comfort. If your system has a component on the verge of failure, it is most likely to fail during an extreme temperature day which means you are likely to be without heat on a below freezing night or without air conditioning on a peak hot day. This not only affects your comfort but also your safety. In addition, these repairs are often expensive which costs you more money in the long run and sometimes parts are not immediately available which could cause down time for your heating or air conditioning equipment.
The majority of manufacturer and installation warranties require proof of annual maintenance as part of their guarantee, so make sure you read the small print and remember to schedule that tune-up every spring for your air conditioning and every fall for your heating system. You are paying for that warranty in the cost of the equipment you purchase through your local HVAC contractor so you might as well take the time to ensure you are covered in case something goes wrong. Once again, a small investment in maintenance can save you a lot of frustration in the future.
In addition, system failure is not the only concern when it comes to your safety. There are other components, specifically on your heating system, that when not operating properly can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to leak into your home and result in injury, or even death. Our routine maintenance services make sure these components are working properly, and we also perform a carbon monoxide level check to make sure they are at or below safe levels. In addition to our annual maintenance service, we also suggest adding a low-level carbon monoxide alarm to keep your family safe and sound.
Give us a call here at American Airflow and we can design a custom maintenance program that fits you, your home, and your system.