Why should you care about your air? The answer is pretty obvious, especially in the heat of eastern North Carolina summers. We often take our home comfort for granted, until the AC system starts making strange noises or breaks down altogether. A key part of caring for your air is to make sure that your air conditioning system is well maintained. Be sure to check out Comfort Club Plan – it’s a simple way for homeowners to check “caring for their air” off their list.
Here are the benefits of a well-maintained AC system.
1. Reduces Energy Bills
Heating and cooling accounts for almost 48% of a home’s energy consumption according to the Department of Energy. If proper maintenance is neglected, the amount of energy used by your system can increase – which, in turn, increases your bills. AC systems that need repairs or tune-ups have to work harder and longer to maintain the preferred home temperature, thus using more energy.
2. Extends Life of AC Unit
Typically, most HVAC systems operate efficiently for 10 to 15 years. Without proper maintenance and care, they may be required to be replaced much sooner. Because it needs to work harder to cool your home, a system that has accumulated dust, dirt and other debris can suffer from premature wear and tear. Investing in regular, annual upkeep can extend the life of your equipment by five or more years. Not to mention, regular maintenance also can save you money on emergency repairs by preventing costly breakdowns.
3. Maintains Comfortable In-Home Temperature
As we mentioned before, a dirty or clogged unit isn’t very effective at maintaining a comfortable home. With regular maintenance, you can ensure that your system is in top-shape all year around and operating at its maximum capacity. Also caring for your unit can prevent breakdowns – which are expensive AND can make your home very uncomfortable while it is being repaired.
4. Diminishes Carbon Monoxide Danger
Preventative HVAC maintenance can help safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous odorless, colorless gas that, even in low levels, can cause serious health issues. An HVAC checkup includes a carbon monoxide test to detect any potential hazards.
5. Removes Airborne Allergens
Did you know that, according to the EPA, the air in your home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside? As air flows through your home, it carries with it any loose particles, dust and allergens that are trapped in your unit, ducts or filters. These particles accumulate in your home and can affect your family’s health, especially those suffering from allergies or asthma. Regular maintenance can help improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Now that you know how important it is to have a well-maintained AC system, we have a simple way for you to make sure that your unit is never overlooked – Advance Mechanical’s Comfort Club! Members will get twice-yearly system cleaning and tune-ups, along with MANY other benefits. Learn more about our Comfort Club here.