Mechanical systems, from car engines to appliances, require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Your HVAC systems are no different; heat pumps, furnaces, and air conditioners require seasonal maintenance to ensure proper and efficient functionality. Below are some of the valuable benefits you’ll gain from professional seasonal HVAC maintenance.
Heating and cooling systems consume approximately 50 percent of a household’s total energy use for the year; with so much of your energy dollars going to fuel these systems, it’s critical that they are operating efficiently. Seasonal HVAC maintenance provides the care your systems need to operate at peak efficiency levels. Higher system efficiencies translate to less energy used, meaning more money saved!
Longer Service Life
Seasonal HVAC maintenance is actually recommended by equipment manufacturers, as not only helps your system run more efficiently, but helps them to run longer. Furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps which aren’t properly maintained tend to experience more frequent breakdowns, and do not last as long as well-maintained equipment. These systems aren’t cheap to replace; investing in system maintenance will help to extend the service life of your system, allowing you to avoid early replacement expenses.
Expert Troubleshooting and Repair
Every time an HVAC professional performs maintenance on your equipment, you benefit from having a skilled eye perform a thorough examination of the system. In addition to performing essential maintenance, HVAC technicians are looking for system issues that need correction. Continuing to operate a system when certain issues exist can lead to major repairs or replacement; your technician will identify and troubleshoot or repair these issues so you can avoid those serious consequences.
When to Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
As you probably guessed, seasonal HVAC maintenance should be scheduled seasonally. Furnace maintenance should be performed in the fall, which is the start of “heating season.” “Cooling season” begins in the spring, which is when air conditioner maintenance should be performed. Since heat pumps function as both a heating and a cooling system, maintenance should be scheduled twice per year; once in the spring and once in the fall.
Try to schedule your maintenance visits before you’ll need to use your heating or cooling system for the first time each season. It’s certainly frustrating when you go to turn on your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump for the first time, only to find it’s not working properly… or at all! Scheduling seasonal maintenance before the first hot or cool day of the year will allow a skilled HVAC system to inspect your system and perform any repairs so your system is ready to go when you need it. Even if you miss the start of the season, it is still beneficial to have seasonal maintenance performed, so don’t neglect it just because you have already fired up your heating or cooling equipment!
ACE Air Conditioning & Heating Service, Inc. offers seasonal HVAC maintenance programs to keep your heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace in excellent working order so you can take advantage of the benefits mentioned above. If you’re a homeowner in the Northern VA area, call us today to learn more!