As a vital part of maintaining your home’s air quality and temperature, regular maintenance of your HVAC system is extremely important for your indoor health catch early signs of disease, damage, or repair, and comfort. You schedule regular health screenings to keep your body healthy, and you should do the same for your HVAC system. Learn more about how often you should schedule HVAC maintenance service, and why it’s so important.
Servicing your HVAC System – How Often and When?
Ideally, you should have your HVAC system serviced twice a year. Once in the early fall to prep your heating unit for colder weather, and once again in the spring to prep your air conditioner for the warmer weather. Scheduling this service in fall and spring is ideal for getting ahead of repair issues before the weather changes drastically and demands more from your HVAC system. These seasons are also when allergens are more prevalent, and HVAC maintenance will help to keep your indoor air cleaner and healthier for those who struggle with allergies.
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How Much Does It Cost to Service Your HVAC System?
In general, a tune-up for your HVAC system won’t be too costly since it involves standard testing, cleaning, inspecting, and filter replacement. Depending on whether your heating and air conditioning units are separate, each of these system tune-ups costs an average of $39 using our specials at Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning®.
Why Is It Important to Get My HVAC System Serviced?
Scheduling maintenance service for your HVAC system twice a year ensures your unit is more reliable all around. Several other reasons maintenance is important include:
Maintaining Your Unit Efficiency
As your unit ages, the natural wear and tear will decrease its overall efficiency. However, many other preventable issues can contribute to a quicker reduction in efficiency and even costly repairs. Some of those issues include:
- Improper airflow
- Worn bearings
- Dirt buildup
Scheduling a maintenance tune-up will help keep your unit clear of debris and catch small leaks or damaged parts that can lead to reduced efficiency.
Keeping Your Home Safe
Aside from keeping your home safe from unexpected breakdowns, regular HVAC maintenance also protects your home from potential:
- Gas leaks
- Water leaks
- Electrical hazards
- High humidity
Early signs of these issues can be difficult to identify without professional service. The better your unit is maintained, the safer your home will be.
A malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC system is likely to consume more energy than if it were better maintained. By keeping your unit healthy, and addressing minor repairs early on, you can cut overall costs on:
- Energy use
- Early system replacement
Although regular maintenance services do add to your overall system costs, addressing repair needs before the spiral into full part or system replacement will save you more money in the long run.
Improving Your Overall Home Comfort
Proper maintenance of your HVAC system will help reduce comfort issues such as:
- Inconsistent airflow
- Uneven heating and cooling
The more efficient your HVAC system is, the more reliable it will be in properly distributing and maintaining the temperature and flow of air in your home since it won’t be overworked from malfunctioning parts or struggling to filter air through dirt or dust buildup.
Supporting Healthier Indoor Air
One of the most important and overlooked aspects of your HVAC system is that it helps maintain the air quality in your home by controlling and filtering the air that moves through it. Routine maintenance will provide:
- Clean filters
- Clean ventilation
- Dirt and debris removal
Various HVAC system cleaning services such as internal and external unit cleaning, filter changing, air duct cleaning, or exhaust and air return vent cleaning all help to keep your home’s indoor air healthier.
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Signs Your HVAC System Needs to Be Serviced
Whether you’ve had your HVAC system recently serviced or not, it’s important to note these common signs of needed service:
- Spikes in energy bills
- Improper airflow
- Significant dust and dirt build up around the unit
- Strange noises or smells
- Constant thermostat adjustments
If you find one or more of these issues with your system, schedule HVAC service with our technicians.