Schedule HVAC Maintenance to Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning
You may dread the spring cleaning ahead, but if you get started early, you’ll have lots of time to enjoy the beautiful weather and your favorite spring activities. Put your HVAC maintenance at the top of your priority list so that summer doesn’t catch you unprepared for your home comfort needs. AC repair during the early days of summer is common, but preventive care for your system will allow you to head off most potential problems.
Financial Advantages of Spring HVAC Maintenance
A spring tune-up will provide some very important monetary benefits, especially if your system has been neglected for some time. As your technician runs a thorough check of your equipment, he will adjust loose parts, lubricate moving components, and clean dirty areas. Potential problems can be diagnosed so that preventive repairs can be completed before summer. Following are some specific ways in which your budget can benefit:
- Dirty inside and outside coils can represent up to 30 percent of your cooling expenses. A thorough cleaning makes it easier for air to flow inside, for proper cooling levels to be reached, and for your compressor to operate without stress.
- Low refrigerant can add 20 percent or more to the energy usage needed for cooling your home. A recharge is important to protect your compressor, but fixing any leaks is equally important to avoid a continued problem with refrigerant levels.
- Leaky ducts can add another 20 percent to the total cost to cool your home. Energy loss is already an issue in this portion of your system, and duct sealing is a priority to keep those costs lower.
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
Another major issue addressed through spring HVAC maintenance is the condition of your indoor air. Dirty ducts and coils can aggravate your allergies or other respiratory issues. If you are sensitive to mold, you need to recognize that an unmaintained air handler is a huge problem, providing a place for mold and bacteria to increase with ease. Annual cleaning improves the condition of this area, and your technician can also discuss the benefits of a UV lamp for killing the materials in this space.
Duct cleaning may not need to occur annually, but a duct inspection is helpful for establishing information about the condition of the area. Your ducts can harbor many kinds of pests, and droppings and dander can also trigger your allergies as your cooling system is operated.
Get More from Your System
As your maintenance is completed, you can expect to get better comfort and energy performance from your equipment. Additionally, you may benefit from a longer life of service from your air conditioner or heat pump. The life expectancy of such a system is approximately 14 years. Well-maintained, however, your unit may provide you with even more years of use.
At Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning, we are committed to providing you with prompt and efficient maintenance service. Our maintenance agreements allow you to keep costs down as you access high-quality assistance for AC repairs, indoor air quality issues, or any other HVAC needs. The staff at our Orange Park, FL, office can schedule your appointment today.