With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner the hottest months of the year are about to be on us. As a homeowner now is the perfect time to begin getting into the habit of making plans for regularly scheduled AC maintenance. This will go a long way to prevent a costly bill that you might not be prepared for in the event of a breakdown. Your AC unit is much like your car; simple upkeep will help keep it running efficiently and trouble free for its lifetime. Neglect it and you will likely miss small things that will rapidly become large and expensive HVAC repair issues.
How to Avoid Pricey AC Bills
As a homeowner, the number one reason regular maintenance is important is that it will save you money in the long run. An efficiently maintained unit in a properly insulated home will cost you less money in the long run to operate. With properly scheduled maintenance you will extend the life of your AC. Your unit can easily last well over ten years if you care well for your system. Again, saving you from a costly emergency AC repair or replacement.
Save Energy and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
It is well known and well researched that if your system is not cleaned regularly and is under maintained, your AC will have to work up to 20% harder to provide you with the same amount of cooling as a properly up kept unit. One of the easiest steps you can take to help extend the life of your system is a regular change of your Air Conditioner’s filter. This regular change may seem very simple and not very important yet it can substantially affect the life of your system. A clean air filter is not only beneficial to your AC but to you as well. Dirty filters will eventually allow dirt into your system and then it will be filtered throughout the rest of your house. Dirty filters are also a leading cause of seasonal air conditioner breakdowns.
Annual AC Service Plans
Also, It is highly recommended to have an annual services plan with your local HVAC company to identify any issues before they become costly problems. With a bit of luck, a proper maintenance schedule and being aware of any changes in the efficiency of your AC. Hopefully you will never have to replace or repair your unit in the hottest summer months. These factors can help you know that when your air conditioner is working its hardest, it’s also at its peak operating condition.