Summer is approaching and the last thing you'll want to worry about is whether or not your AC unit will be in tiptop shape. Learn why getting a professional HVAC tune-up every spring is so important.
Summer is almost with us, and that means it’ll soon be time to turn off the furnace and crank up the AC to stay cool and cozy indoors, even as temperatures soar outside. With temperatures getting hotter every summer, most homeowners are increasingly reliant on their central air conditioning to keep them cool. The best way to keep your HVAC running for as long as possible is to get regular HVAC tune-ups.
Do you really need a spring HVAC tune-up? Well, even the best AC units experience wear and tear with regular use, and what home system gets more regular use than your HVAC system? Whether it’s keeping you cool in the summer or warm in the winter, your HVAC works hard for you day in and day out, all year round. Here’s why you should show it some love with an HVAC tune-up this spring:
Your Home Will Be More Comfortable
Getting an AC tune-up before hot weather sets in will ensure that your unit is functioning properly, so it can effectively cool your home to the temperature set on the thermostat. With a proper tune-up, you won’t have to worry about suffering through the dog days of summer with an AC unit that can’t cut it.
Your Indoor Air Will Be Cleaner
You might be surprised to learn that the air inside your house is probably dirtier and more polluted than the air outside your house. It makes sense if you really think about it – you probably spray cleaning fluids and hair products, maybe you use a gas stove, maybe someone in the home smokes, and it’s harder for those pollutants to dissipate inside your home than outside.
Regular HVAC tune-ups typically include changing the filters on your AC unit and furnace, which you can and should also do yourself every one to six months, depending on whether you have pets or household members with asthma or allergies. Frequent filter changes keep your indoor air much, much cleaner, so that you and your family can literally breathe easier. Plus, your tune-up technician will clean all the gunk out of your HVAC system, so it doesn’t end up in your home.
You’ll Save Money
Heating and cooling costs account for about half of a family’s total energy bills. You can help keep those costs down by getting your AC unit tuned up this spring before the hot weather arrives. Your technician will inspect and clean all components of your AC unit, including cleaning and tightening electrical connections in your unit and cleaning the condenser coil, to make sure that your unit is operating at maximum efficiency, so it costs as little to run as possible. For your fall tune-up, he or she will do the same for your furnace, so that your system can operate safely and efficiently for another year.
Lowered energy costs aren’t the only place you’ll see cost-savings, either. Your HVAC system is one of your home’s more expensive systems. It can cost several thousand dollars to get a new AC or furnace installed in your home. Regular tune-ups extend the life of your HVAC, often by years, so you’ll spend less in the long run, too.
You Can Help Avoid Breakdowns
Getting your HVAC inspected and maintenance on a regular schedule isn’t just about having the quietest air conditioner on the block, although that, too, can be a benefit. It’s also about avoiding unexpected breakdowns. Just as you wouldn’t expect to be able to keep driving your car without changing the oil, belts, filters, brake pads, and fluids regularly, you shouldn’t expect to be able to keep getting crisp, cold air out of your AC without giving it the regular maintenance it needs.
The thing is, you can schedule AC maintenance. But you’ll never be able to schedule an HVAC failure. And, if Murphy’s Law holds true, it’ll happen on the hottest day of the year, or while you’re in the middle of hosting family Christmas. If you go without regular HVAC tune-ups, you’ll have no idea what’s going on with your AC or your furnace. You’ll have no way of knowing if your home AC compressor is on its last legs, or if your furnace’s draft inducer is about to quit spinning. But if you get your HVAC maintained, your technician will be able to inspect all of its components for signs of wear. You’ll have the chance to repair your HVAC before it breaks down, so you won’t have to cope with the stress and physical discomfort of an interruption in service.
When it comes to HVAC tune-ups, don’t sweat it. Get your AC tuned up every spring , and your furnace tuned up every winter, so that you and your family can stay comfortable in your home with nothing more than a turn of the thermostat dial. And if your HVAC unit does go down, for any reason, check to see if your home warranty will cover the costs of repairs. If your contract does not cover your AC system, or if you lack coverage completely, check out American Home Shield® Home Warranty plans today.