Preventive maintenance provides peace of mind by ensuring that your HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible. This saves you money, keeps you and the environment healthy, and gives you the security of knowing that your warranty will remain valid.
Let’s take a look at the six things everyone should know about HVAC Maintenance and Safety Inspections.
1. SAVE MONEY
Preventative maintenance not only help keep your system running smoothly, but they also lower your costs. Think of HVAC maintenance like changing the oil in your car. If you drove your car for 30,000 kms without an oil change, the result would be a seriously damaged car. The analogy holds true for your heating and cooling system. Regular HVAC maintenance is said to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns by as much as 95%. Maintenance benefits your bottom line by preventing costly breakdowns, reducing energy bills, extending the life of your system, and ensuring your warranty stays valid. Most HVAC manufacturers require proof of annual maintenance when a repair claim is submitted under warranty. Some of the components that make your HVAC system work are fairly expensive, so investing in annual maintenance to keep them covered under your warranty can save you a significant sum if something goes wrong.
2. BREATHE EASIER
Air quality is important and indoor levels of airborne pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. It’s worth mentioning that we have seen cases where indoor pollution is more than 100 times higher than the outside!This is particularly significant if you or any family members suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma. Common indoor allergens range from ordinary household dust that can contain dozens of respiratory issues to pet dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke, pollen and mold. If a musty odour has you concerned about mold, it may be time to consider having the air ducts professionally cleaned. Preventive maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.
3. STAY COMFORTABLE
Is there a room in your house where it’s just too hot in the summer or chilly in the winter, and you have just accepted that? When operating properly, your HVAC system can keep you comfortable year round in every room. Regular maintenance helps your system produce and distribute the warm or cool air more evenly and steadily. Preventive steps like cleaning your ductwork can help ensure that your home heats and cools as evenly and efficiently as possible. With summers getting hotter and winters getting colder it’s a good idea to make sure that your home is your sanctuary, offering you comfort at any time of the year.
4. KEEP YOUR HOME & FAMILY SAFE
The cost of not maintaining your equipment can be health problems as well as incredibly steep repair bills. You’ve probably heard horror stories such as burst pipes in the winter or carbon monoxide reaching toxic levels without anyone knowing. Everyone knows someone who went away for a holiday and returned to find a frozen, severely damaged house. If you’re away from home and your heat stops working, the result can be a domino effect of frozen or burst pipes, water damage and worse. Preventive HVAC maintenance also helps safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas whose effects can be deadly and even exposure to low levels can cause serious health issues. The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked or failed heat exchanger. An HVAC maintenance inspection typically includes a carbon monoxide test that would detect potential hazards.
5. A GREEN CHOICE
For those concerned about their green footprint, keep in mind that a well-maintained HVAC system consumes considerably less fuel, which is good for the planet. Many homeowners will also want to be aware of what kind of refrigerant is used in their system since the EPA has been working to phase out substances that harm the environment. HVAC technicians handling controlled refrigerants are required to have EPA Section 608 Certification and can help you understand what kind of refrigerant you’re using, its impact on the environment, and your options. Your HVAC contractor can also talk to you about the benefits of using a programmable thermostat or switching from oil heat to natural gas so you can reduce your system’s impact on the environment.
6. KEEP YOUR WARRANTY VALID
If your HVAC components are under warranty, you should know that most manufacturers require evidence of annual maintenance to pay a claim. An investment in regular maintenance is essentially giving you an insurance policy. If something under warranty malfunctions you’ll be able to file your claim with more confidence and ease with evidence of maintenance.