Regular HVAC maintenance is said to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns by as much as 95%. Chances are you wouldn’t drive your car for 30,000 miles without getting an oil change; you’d be asking for trouble. This analogy holds true for your heating and cooling system.
Cut energy bills: Savings up to 30% on your energy bill according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Extend system life: Regular maintenance extends the life of your system, reducing the likelihood that you’ll need to spend big bucks on an HVAC installation soon.
Stay covered under warranty: Be aware that most HVAC manufacturers require proof of annual maintenance when a repair claim is submitted under warranty.
The EPA reports that indoor levels of airborne pollutants may be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. This is particularly significant if you or any family members suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma.
If a musty odor has you concerned about mold, it may be time to consider having the air ducts professionally cleaned. Preventive maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.
Preventive HVAC maintenance also helps safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide – the colorless, odorless gas whose effects can be deadly. According to the CD, exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues.
The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked or failed heat exchanger. Your HVAC professional can also talk to you about the benefits of installing a carbon monoxide detector.
For those concerned about their green footprint, keep in mind that a well-maintained HVAC system consumes considerably less fuel.
Your HVAC contractor can also talk to you about the benefits of using a programmable thermostat or switching from oil heat to natural gas so you can take to reduce your system’s impact on the environment.
Finally, investing in a preventive maintenance plan gives you the comfort of knowing that if something goes wrong, you’ve already taken steps to make the situation as painless as possible.
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