HVAC: What You Should Know

Many homes rely on HVAC systems to keep their home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For many homeowners, as long as the HVAC is working, they don't get their HVAC systems a second thought.

I get it, if it's not broken, don't fix it. While I can understand that type of thinking, you don't want to apply it to your HVAC. HVAC maintenance is very important. Heating and cooling systems are not cheap. You don't want to be out thousands of dollars when you don't have to be.

To ensure you keep your HVAC system healthy, you need to take regular maintenance steps that need to be taken. Some of these are simple things that take no expertise and you can do on your own. Others are more complex and require the knowledge and experience of a trained HVAC expert.

If you have ever been in the unfortunate position of having an heating and air break down in the middle of a blistering summer or a freezing winter, you probably already know the importance of regular HVAC maintenance. Unfortunately, many people overlook it until it is too late. While avoiding these situations is the most obvious reason for proper heating and air upkeep, there are some additional reasons that you probably never realized.

Keep Your HVAC System Healthy

Simple maintenance of your system will ensure that it continues to run properly and does not break down unexpectedly. The purpose of the system is to ensure that your house remains a proper temperature all year round, and it is not something you should have to deal with. That is why most maintenance tasks should be left to the pros.

It is recommended that you have your HVAC unit inspected and maintained by a trained and licensed professional twice a year-- once in the spring (to ensure it does not break down in the heat of summer) and once in the fall (so your family is not stuck shivering in a cold house). In addition to avoiding breakdowns, some additional reasons for proper maintenance include:


  • Efficiency/Reduced Energy Bills: Even if everything seems to be working fine, you could be throwing money away on an inefficient system. Proper maintenance will ensure your system is running at its best and not wasting unnecessary energy.


  • Improved Air Quality: If left unchecked, your HVAC system could be full of mold, dust, debris, pollen and other particles that lower the quality of your air. While this is at the least an inconvenience, if you have children, senior citizens or a person with asthma in the home, it could be dangerous.


  • Extended Life of the System: Proper maintenance will also ensure that you get the most out of you HVAC system for as long as possible. A system that is not kept in good shape could break down beyond repair well before it should.

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