While it’s essential to choose the right HVAC system to heat and cool your home efficiently, it’s just as critical to provide your system with the care it needs to operate effectively. According to the Department of Energy:
- your air conditioner needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and efficiently;
- without maintenance, the equipment will consume more energy while its performance goes downhill.
The same applies to your heating system. Below, we’ll expand on this to give a better understanding of how preventive maintenance benefits you now and in the long run.
1. Your system will run more effectively and with fewer breakdowns.
When your system gets the routine care it needs, its parts undergo less wear and tear and are less likely to loosen, lose lubrication, or scrape together in a way they shouldn’t. During maintenance, the technician also has a chance to spot any potential issues that could lead to a system failure. This allows you to fix a minor problem before it turns into a major one.
2. The system will use less energy.
When your system’s parts lose lubrication, fall out of alignment, and accumulate dust and grime, the system as a whole operates less efficiently. This means that the equipment has to work harder and consume more energy to make your home comfortable. This also makes your HVAC system more expensive to operate.
Your air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil are especially prone to collecting dust that hampers the cooling process. Similarly, your furnace’s burner and heat exchanger can also collect dust that inhibits the heating process. It’s important to get these parts cleaned annually to keep your energy costs low.
3. Your system will last longer.
If you remember how much you spent to install your HVAC system, you’re probably in no hurry to replace it. Preventative maintenance is the best way to extend the equipment’s lifespan because, as mentioned above, it reduces the wear and tear on the system’s parts.