Regularly scheduled cleaning and preventive maintenance on your HVAC unit is important, but it’s especially important in continually humid conditions. Regular maintenance is the key to fewer expensive repairs. Not only will it give your system a longer life, it will help to keep your unit running efficiently, which will save you money on your monthly power bill.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool a home, therefore less energy is used and it’s more cost-effective. An efficient HVAC system also ensures you’re breathing clean air, which is important for everyone, but especially individuals with allergies and asthma.
Hiring an HVAC contractor or repair technician to care for your system throughout the year will save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind when faced with high heat or frigid temperatures.
It’s best to have your system serviced sometime in the spring, after the snow is melted and before the summer heat hits. That way, the outside temperatures are still mild.
HVAC inspectors conduct comprehensive examinations of systems to determine whether they are contaminated, or if HVAC performance is compromised due to contamination build-up. They assess the cleanliness of the system and test its structural integrity.
Other things the technician may do during an inspection:
- Remove any blockages in the ductwork or grill
- Extract loosened contaminants with a vacuum, which are collected and removed
- Clean or replace the air filters
- Tighten any loose screws or other hardware
- Clear debris from inside the compressor
- Determine whether or not a new unit is necessary
- Determine how much life is left in an HVAC system