Have Your HVAC System Serviced Annually
Almost all of the authorities and experts in the air conditioning systems and furnaces industry recommend a professional safety inspection, service and tune-up of your HVAC system at least once a year. However, many homeowners disregard or forget this vital practice that helps to keep the system at optimal efficiency levels and extend its useful life.
While it might seem like an unnecessary expense, skipping your yearly maintenance can actually cost you a lot more money over the long haul. You are reducing the system’s life and with reduced efficiency, you’ll likely pay higher energy bills as more fuel will be needed to do the same amount of work. And that’s not all, your own safety and health is at risk with a sub optimal air conditioning system in the house.
Get professional services
It’s important to have a calendar date saved for your annual service visit, but it’s even more important to ensure that the work is done by a reputable heating and air conditioning contractor. This just makes sense – a professional will not only examine the unit to make sure it’s running efficiently, they will go a step further to inspect your home to see if there’s any problem likely to interfere with the efficiency of the HVAC unit.
Gas and oil furnaces
If you have a furnace that uses natural gas or oil, it is even more important to have the annual inspection and service visit. This is because such furnaces release carbon monoxide when the fuel is combusted. An efficient system has a method of keeping out this gas from your home or office, but if it’s malfunctioning, this deadly gas can find its way into your rooms, which can be fatal for the occupants.
Another inherent danger in a malfunctioning gas/oil furnace is the risk of fire. These are usually highly flammable fuels, meaning that if debris, dust and other particles are allowed to build up too close to the source of fuel, they can catch fire, and potentially ruin your entire home, or risk the lives of any occupants in the house at the time.
Are you still unconvinced? Sticking to your annual service schedule will save you money. How, you ask? An efficiently working HVAC system burns less fuel than one that has some kind of fault. Heating fuel is quite expensive, and therefore, by maintaining the unit, you’ll use less fuel, and spend less in paying for energy.
Professional contractors are able to tweak the furnace and entire system to attain the maximum level of efficacy. They will replace the worn parts that could potentially break down before the next service date so that you’re not left with the risk of a breakdown at a crucial time, like smack in the middle of winter.
As you can see, it’s a sensible idea in every respect to have, and stick to an annual maintenance schedule for your air conditioning and heating systems.