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4 Reasons To Maintain Your HVAC System

Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system ensure your home stays at a comfortable temperature. Using a thermostat, you can have your HVAC system distribute warm air or cool air throughout your house.

Your furnace and air conditioner are essential appliances. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technicians clean inspect, and repair heating and cooling appliances, and there are several significant reasons why homeowners should invest in regular maintenance for their home’s cooling and heating system.

1. Regular maintenance ensures your system’s ready for every season.

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When cold weather sets in, you may need to turn off your air conditioner and switch over to heat to make your home more comfortable. If you haven’t maintained your unit’s heating system, the heat pump may not work correctly, and your unit may continue distributing cold air. When you invest in routine maintenance, you ensure your HVAC system is ready to work effectively in all seasons. You won’t have to worry about your system breaking down and failing to distribute warm air or cold air when you need it. For optimal performance, install a programmable thermostat you can use to turn your system on and off. You can also use your thermostat to gradually adjust the temperature when you’re switching between your air conditioner and heater.

2. You’ll make your home safer.

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It costs more money to use space heaters to provide warmth, and space heaters also increase your risk of starting a house fire. Ensuring your home’s heating system works properly will reduce your need to use space heaters and ensure your safety.

Homes without air conditioning can reach sweltering temperatures during the summer. Pets and family members can die if they’re subjected to high temperatures for a prolonged period. You’re also more likely to blow a fuse or start a house fire if you’re trying to cool your home with multiple window units and fans.

3. You’ll save money in the long run.

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Your home’s energy use increases when your HVAC unit runs. You can keep your energy bill from skyrocketing by having your furnace maintained before winter and having an HVAC tech perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner before summer. Cleaning and replacing your unit’s air filter ensures air can flow through the filter easily, which means your cooling and heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep your living space at a desirable temperature. When your system has to work harder to perform its job, your energy costs increase. In addition to the energy savings you’ll enjoy, you’ll also extend the life of your HVAC system. Cooling and heating systems that are maintained regularly are less likely to break down and typically last longer than systems that haven’t been maintained.

Most HVAC units draw air in through intake vents and distribute air through supply vents. Ducts connect the HVAC system to the vents. Ducts that leak are less efficient and cause your energy bills to increase because your cooling and heating system will struggle to distribute warm and cool air. Wrapping the ducts with insulation and using caulk to seal leaks eliminates leaks. Your energy bills will decrease because your system will use less energy. You’ll be able to focus on fun gift ideas for any family member instead of using gift money to purchase warmer clothes to keep your family members warm because your furnace isn’t working correctly.

4. HVAC maintenance will protect your health.

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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems can distribute contaminants throughout your home, causing health issues for family members and pets. Allergens and pollutants can cause respiratory issues, such as asthma. It’s also possible for rodents to nest in your unit’s ducts. Having the ducts cleaned regularly will ensure your home’s HVAC system isn’t distributing feces throughout your house.

An HVAC unit with a whole-home humidifier will also ensure your home stays at a suitable humidity level. If your home’s air is dry, it’s easier to spread the flu virus. Maintaining a healthy humidity level can also prevent other health issues, such as headaches and dehydration.

Maintaining your HVAC system will ensure your unit works properly throughout the year, making your home safer, saving you money, and protecting your health. Homeowners should schedule heating, ventilation, and air conditioning maintenance every spring and fall to ensure their heating and cooling systems work properly before the weather changes.