If you purchase a car and want to extend its lifespan and maintain continuous peak performance, you must routinely change the fluids, schedule check-ups, and tune-ups. Similarly, your HVAC system is an intricate system of working parts that need routine care in order to maintain proper functionality. After all, everything that moves, including the motors and other system parts, experiences wear-and-tear and needs to be monitored, and occasionally, fixed. Purchasing an HVAC maintenance plan is a necessary step to ensure that you and your family are enjoying the benefits of a properly working HVAC system.
The following are six reasons why such a plan is a good idea.
Breathe Healthier Air
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An HVAC system that isn’t clean can’t supply clean air throughout the home. Instead, it will keep circulating microscopic allergens through your house, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria. Unhealthy air quality puts your family’s health at risk and can contribute to allergies and respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the pollutants floating in your indoor air are about two to five times higher than what is found outdoors. A good way to prevent dirty air is to have a technician tune-up and clean your HVAC system. This will ensure that the system is pumping clean air through your house.
Another benefit a maintenance plan can bring you is the savings you’ll experience in the long run. When your HVAC system is running properly, it will utilize less energy, bringing your utility bills down. Preventive measures are necessary if you want to avoid unnecessary expenditures for system breakdowns, which can result in costly repairs and replacement parts. Also, if your system is currently under warranty and you end up submitting a claim, the manufacturer will require proof of annual maintenance on your HVAC system.
Extend the HVAC System’s Lifespan
Estimates vary, but it is generally accepted that the typical HVAC system will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. In order to fall within this range—or even to surpass it—system maintenance is essential. Routine check-ups go a long way towards ensuring you and your family avoid untimely repairs and replacements, which can wreak havoc on your wallet.
Having your system routinely checked will also help to keep it running at peak efficiency, keeping your home cool on the hottest summer days and warm on the coldest winter nights. Having an expert tune-up your HVAC system will also make certain that it runs smoothly between check-ups.
Help the Environment
Another small, but important benefit from a maintenance plan is the reduction in energy consumption. If you’re concerned about the impact you have on the planet, you should know that a properly functioning HVAC system consumes less energy, reducing the amount of fuel used overall.
The additional cost of an HVAC maintenance plan may seem unnecessary at first glance, but if you’re concerned about the well-being of your family and want to be sure that you and your loved ones are breathing clean air, the peace of mind an HVAC maintenance plan will bring is well worth the money.