Preparing Your HVAC System for Fall Heating
It is possible that you are taking advantage of your heating and cooling system. Many people do. In the summer, when the temperatures rise, you simply turn on your air conditioning to keep cool. When the temperatures drop in the winter, you switch to the furnace to keep you and the house warm. You may have a few months of down time when you do not have to turn on either, but that break in the system can actually cause more problems. This fall heating period may also be cold enough to require the usage of your HVAC system. You should be having your HVAC system checked regularly for many reasons.
Lowered heating and cooling bills
Heating and cooling bills can get very costly. This is especially true during extremely warm summers or abnormally cold winters. When you have your HVAC system regularly checked, it is likely to work more efficiently. The better that the system works and the more often that it is maintained, the better than it will work. Failing to have regular maintenance can force the system to work harder, resulting in higher energy bills.
Prolonged replacements of HVAC system
When an HVAC system is regularly maintained, it also tends to work for longer. This allows you to use it for many more years before a replacement is required. You may need to replace your home?s heating system if it is more than 12 to 15 years old, required frequent repairs, does not supply sufficient warmth, cycles on and off irregularly, consumers increasing amounts of energy, and emits unusual noises. All of these problems require, minimally, a fall heating inspection.
Cleaner air in the home
Your HVAC system puts air out into the home. It may even circulate this air back into the house. If it is not regularly maintained and cleaned, it can put out harmful contaminants into the home. Also, replacing your HVAC system in time for fall heating can provide you with a system that is better for the environment. It is cool to be green. Manufacturing companies are making the switch from the old standard refrigerant, R22 to R410A. Removing chlorine from air conditioning refrigerants makes them ozone friendly. It is also important to regularly clean out your air vents and dryer vents.
Can keep you out of the cold
Broken air conditioners during the winter months can be very troublesome. It can be dangerous to the residents of the home. It can also be dangerous to the house, causing things like busted and frozen pipes, and home floods. Some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no heat calls in the winter are related to lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold. Regular fall heating maintenance can reduce the likeliness of this happening.
The full replacement of an HVAC or air conditioning installation can be pricey. However, regular maintenance seems to be more affordable to homeowners. When you choose to spend a little every few months for inspections and maintenance, or once a year for HVAC maintenance, you are likely to also have less repair problems with your system. Over the long run, this can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
Winter has already begun to show its cold temperatures in many states. If you have not yet had your furnace and HVAC system maintained and inspected, it is time to do so. An HVAC system that is not regularly maintained is likely to cost more in repairs, require a replacement sooner, put out dirtier air into the home, cost more in utility costs, and leave you in the cold with a broken system. All HVAC systems should be maintained and inspected, at least once per year.