Seasonal preventative maintenance isn’t an upsell or a money-making scheme for HVAC companies — it’s a true necessity for your home’s heating and cooling systems. If you don’t believe your HVAC technician, check with your equipment manufacturer, and you’ll find that they recommend seasonal maintenance, too! One visit, twice a year can increase system performance and efficiency, lower your energy bills, and keep your HVAC systems in service longer.
A professional tune-up for your systems
A furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is just like any other mechanical system, in that it requires a regular tune-up to keep it running smoothly. During a seasonal preventative maintenance visit, your HVAC technician will give your systems needed TLC— this includes:
- Lubricating moving parts
- Tightening belts
- Cleaning components
- Replacing air filters
- Testing system functionality
Another great benefit of an HVAC system tune-up is that your system will be thoroughly inspected by a well-trained, knowledgeable technician. This inspection can pinpoint issues causing current performance problems, and identify issues that need correction now before they cause damage to your equipment. It is always better to find and solve HVAC system problems while they are still minor, as major repairs can be expensive and leave you without a working heating or cooling system when you need it most.
Preventative maintenance increases energy efficiency
The tune-up performed during your seasonal preventative maintenance visit is also meant to improve the performance of your system. The performance of your system is directly linked to its energy efficiency. When your system isn’t operating at its best, it is consuming higher amounts of energy to get the job done; a high-performing system can use less energy to do the same amount of work, saving you money. Heating and cooling system usage accounts for approximately 50 percent of a home’s total energy use — with this much of your household energy budget dedicated to these systems, why wouldn’t you get a tune-up?