As you begin the new year, it’s essential to consider how your heating and cooling systems can keep your home comfortable while using less energy. Keeping your equipment in peak condition is not just about stopping your heating and cooling units from breaking. It’s also about making them work better and last longer. It’s an investment that will benefit you over time.
1. Save Energy and Money
Experts at the Department of Energy suggest that heating and cooling account for about half of an average home’s energy costs. A well-maintained HVAC system uses less energy to make your house hotter or cooler. During regular professional tune-ups, a HVAC technician will clean the interior of your heating or cooling unit, lubricate moving parts, and tighten loose electrical connections. These tasks make your system more efficient and ultimately mean you will save money on utility bills each month.
In addition, regular maintenance helps professionals spot minor problems before they become expensive emergency repairs. For instance, a HVAC technician may find a damaged belt or leaking coolant during a regular service visit and fix it fast. Preventative measures like these ensure a reliable heating or cooling system.
2. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Maintaining your heat and cool system makes the air in your home cleaner. After some time, dust and pollen can build up in your heating and cooling systems that need to be removed by a professional. If your system recirculates these pollutants throughout the rooms in your house, they can worsen allergies and cause breathing issues for family members.
One task you can perform without a professional to increase the air quality in your home is to replace your HVAC air filters when necessary. Clean filters are much more effective at capturing pollutants than dirty ones are. Filter maintenance is especially important in winter when you and your family spend more time indoors. Experts suggest that you should change filters at least every three months. However, you may have to replace them more often depending on factors like how many pets you have and how much your air conditioner or heater runs during extreme weather.
A monthly inspection of this essential HVAC system component can alert you when filters need to be changed out and improve indoor air quality. In addition, proper airflow through your heating and cooling systems makes them more efficient and reduces the amount of energy your household consumes.
3. Ensure Safety
Maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning systems is essential for safe operation. For example, a poorly maintained furnace may leak carbon monoxide. This colorless and odorless gas can make you sick and even lead to a hospital visit. During a maintenance visit, a professional will inspect your furnace’s heat exchanger and other components to ensure there is no damage that may lead to poisonous gases entering your home. They will also clean the unit to avoid issues like fires resulting from dust build-up.
4. Prolong Your System’s Lifespan
If you take care of a HVAC unit, it will last longer than one that is neglected. Parts of the system, like the air filter, belts, coils, and fins, need frequent care to work well. As time goes on, these parts can get dirty or wear out. This makes your system work more than needed and leads to it breaking down before its time.
5. Minimize Environmental Impact
Routine care of HVAC systems can greatly help to cut down your impact on the environment. Old or badly looked after HVAC systems can use a lot more energy than necessary. In addition, HVAC equipment that burns fossil fuels can increase your carbon footprint when poorly maintained.
6. Peace of Mind
Finally, regular HVAC upkeep gives homeowners peace of mind. When you know your system is working efficiently and safely, it helps to reduce stress or worry. In addition, by catching potential issues early on, routine maintenance prevents unexpected breakdowns and disruptions to your home’s comfort. This means relaxing and enjoying the new year without worrying about HVAC issues.
Contact the Professionals
At Weather Masters Corp., we have been serving the residents of Frederick, MD and the surrounding areas since 2016. We install, maintain, and repair heating and cooling systems. Additionally, we provide indoor air quality, ductwork, and commercial HVAC services. Contact Weather Masters Corp. today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert team members.