Summer is a lot of fun, but it can also be expensive. Many homeowners may be thinking of ways to cut back on costs this summer — but is there a good way to reduce your cooling bill?
As it turns out, there are many ways to cut back on your cooling expenses. But between the tips for staying cool naturally and using your air conditioner more efficiently is one important tip: maintenance.
Do I Really Need AC Maintenance?
Your HVAC unit is likely one of the most — if not the most — expensive appliances in your home. However, it’s also one of the most important and essential parts of your home as well. Heating and cooling systems help regulate air temperature and humidity so your family can stay comfortable inside all year long.
You probably wouldn’t question if your car needed maintenance, so why would you question your HVAC system’s needs? The simple answer is likely that many homeowners don’t understand all the benefits and the necessity for maintenance.
Well-maintained systems run more efficiently than old or neglected HVAC units. Seasonal maintenance should be scheduled in the spring and the fall. Spring maintenance focuses on your air conditioning, and fall maintenance readies your heater for the colder months.
Old systems and systems that have been ignored for long stretches of time can develop issues in the coils, fans, and filters. Leaks can lead to wasted energy and uneven temperatures throughout your home. If your air conditioner is pushing air through a dirty filter, it makes the system work harder and can be a drain on your wallet.
Scheduling your seasonal maintenance may seem like a chore, but it’s one that will make the rest of your summer a breeze.
Fight Against Allergies
Allergy season can be a rough ride for anyone who suffers from allergies, but could your indoor air be a trigger as well?
Pollen, dust, insect parts, dirt and debris, skin particles, and more can get into your air supply and be redistributed throughout your home. These particles may not necessarily be bad for your health, but they can cause allergies and worsen symptoms of asthma. Worse, viruses and bacteria can be airborne and cause illness in those with compromised or otherwise weaker immune systems.
Keeping your air ducts and HVAC system clean prevents this. A technician will clean and dust your system during annual maintenance visits. You can help improve your air quality by changing the air filters in your home regularly.
Increase System Lifespan
The lifespan for a typical HVAC system is anywhere from 10 - 15 years. You’ll only be able to keep your HVAC system working for fifteen years if you catch all potential problems early on. Getting small issues fixed before they get bad enough to cause breakdowns will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.
Air conditioner maintenance is an important part of homeownership. Keep your summer cool and your bank balance chill, and keep your system running all year long! Schedule an appointment or contact the Grapids Heating & Cooling, Inc. team at (616) 223-6777 to learn more about system repairs and replacements.