Top 7 Benefits of Getting Preventative HVAC Maintenance
Many of us rely on an HVAC system to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With all the use we put these systems through, they can begin to wear and start to work less efficiently over time. This results in higher energy bills, shorter equipment life, and other issues. Fortunately, you can prevent many HVAC-related problems by ensuring that you schedule regular maintenance with a respected company like Dragonfly Heating & Cooling in Riverside. With a well-maintained system, you can enjoy a number of benefits.
1. HVAC MAINTENANCE WILL REDUCE ENERGY COSTS AND USAGE
When you have scheduled maintenance for your HVAC system, it can continue to work in an efficient manner for as long as possible. Having an efficient HVAC system is able to decrease your energy consumption and keep more money in your pocket. In fact, research has shown that regular maintenance can decrease residential energy bills by as much as 30%. These cost-savings alone could be enough to cover the cost of having your system maintained.
2. IMPROVED AIR QUALITY
As your HVAC system operates, dust and other debris can build up on air filters and internal components, as well as in your ducts. During a maintenance visit, an HVAC technician will clean all of these components, change or clean air filters, and inspect your ducts for debris buildup. This means that you will enjoy cleaner indoor air by having regular maintenance. High-quality indoor air is especially important for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions.
In between maintenance visits, it’s also important for your to do your part to keep your air clean. This includes regularly changing your air filters. In general, your filters should be changed every 90 days, but you may need to change them more frequently if you have pets or family members who have allergies.
3. LONGER-LASTING HVAC EQUIPMENT
When your HVAC system is maintained, it will last longer. Like any other appliance, your heating and cooling systems experience wear and tear with daily use. This wear and tear can cause your system to work harder than necessary to heat and cool your home. Without maintenance, general wear and tear can become a major issue that can lead to costly repairs and premature breakdowns.
Most people can expect their HVAC system to last around 15 years, but this is only true if you get regular maintenance. Without it, the system’s lifespan may be cut in half. While it costs some money, investing in preventative maintenance can easily save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
4. INCREASED COMFORT
Another more noticeable benefit to regular HVAC maintenance is a more comfortable home. In addition to increasing equipment strain, neglecting your maintenance will make it more difficult for your heating and air system to do its job. You may experience hot and cold spots throughout your home or low airflow. These problems are a catch-22 because they often cause you to crank the thermostat up or down, which leads to even more wear and tear and greater inefficiencies. Keeping your system maintained will prevent all of this and help you enjoy a more comfortable indoor environment.
5. MAINTENANCE PROVIDES A SAFER HOME
When you schedule a maintenance visit with Dragonfly Heating & Cooling, our service technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of all system components. They will visually inspect the furnace and air conditioning filters and all hoses and pipes running to your system. They will also check carbon monoxide levels. By having the carbon monoxide levels and gas pipes and fittings checked, your family will have a lower risk of dangerous leaks. This poisoning can occur even if the levels are low. This is why it is important to have maintenance conducted. If any potential issues are uncovered, the tech will provide a repair to keep you and your family safe.
6. REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Along with driving up your utility bills, an HVAC system that uses more energy than necessary uses more resources and puts a greater strain on the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the energy used to heat and cool homes throughout the United States creates twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as cars. So, if you are concerned about climate change and reducing your environmental impact, ensuring that your HVAC system is well maintained should be a top priority.
7. A MORE RELIABLE HVAC SYSTEM
With regular maintenance, you can count on your system to work well whenever you need it to. You also don’t need to be concerned that a major repair or sudden breakdown will occur and set you back thousands of dollars. You can have peace of mind that our maintenance technicians have thoroughly inspected your system and corrected any minor issues that could become major problems.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU SCHEDULE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE?
Now that you have a better understanding of the benefits that regular maintenance provides, you may be wondering when and how often you should schedule an HVAC tune-up. In general, most HVAC technicians and manufacturers recommend that you get at least annual maintenance. However, some manufacturers require twice-annual maintenance visits in order to keep your warranty intact. If you are under an HVAC warranty, it’s important to check the terms to see how often maintenance is required, or you could find yourself paying out of pocket for equipment repairs.
As far as the timing of maintenance visits, spring and fall are generally the best times to schedule an appointment. A spring visit gives your HVAC technicians the chance to look over your furnace after it has been heating your home during the winter and prepare your air conditioner for the upcoming cooling season. The opposite is true of a fall maintenance visit. Summer and winter maintenance visits are not ideal because these are very busy seasons for HVAC technicians, and you may find yourself without heating or cooling while your wait for maintenance to be completed.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH Dragonfly Heating & Cooling
If it’s time to schedule preventative maintenance or you are interested in learning about the benefits that maintenance provides, Dragonfly Heating & Cooling is available to help. Our team provides comprehensive maintenance services for heating and cooling systems. We even offer a maintenance plan to help take the guesswork out of keeping your system maintained. In addition to annual tune-ups, members of our maintenance plan receive HVAC cleaning and inspections, and free refrigerant top-offs. If repairs are needed, members also receive free diagnostic services and a 10% to 15% discount on the repair.
Along with maintenance, Dragonfly Heating & Cooling installs and repairs furnaces and air conditioners. We are highly skilled in installing, repairing, and maintaining ductless heating and cooling systems as well. If you are considering investing in a new system, ask us about the financing services that we offer customers with approved credit. We also offer regular specials to help you save on HVAC services throughout the year. To find out more about our services or to set up an appointment, reach out to our friendly team today.