Summer is almost here, and it’ll soon be time to crank up the A/C to stay cool indoors. As temperatures continue to soar, most homeowners have become increasingly reliant on central air conditioning to stay comfortable during the summer months. Regular HVAC tune-ups are the best way to keep your HVAC running efficiently, and the best time to schedule one is now.
Do you really need a spring HVAC tune-up? The short answer is yes. Even the best A/C units experience wear and tear with regular use, and what home system gets more regular use than your HVAC? 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. So why not show it some love with an HVAC tune-up this spring? Here are four reasons why you should book an HVAC tune-up this Spring.
Your Home Will Be More Comfortable
Getting an air conditioning tune-up before hot weather sets in will help ensure that your A/C unit is functioning properly and can effectively cool your home to the temperature you set on the thermostat. With a proper tune-up, you won’t have to stress about the dog days of summer.
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 A/C unit and furnace, which you should also do yourself about every six months (or more frequently if you have pets or household members with asthma or allergies). Frequent filter changes can keep your indoor air much, much cleaner so you and your family can literally breathe easier with a well-maintained HVAC system. Plus, your tune-up technician will clean out the dust, dirt, and gunk from your HVAC system so that it doesn’t end up going back into your home.
You’ll Save Money
Heating and cooling costs account for about half of the average family’s total energy bills. You can help keep those costs down by getting your A/C unit tuned up before the hot weather arrives. Your technician will inspect and clean the components of your A/C unit, which should include cleaning and tightening electrical connections as well as cleaning the condenser coil - to ensure that your unit is operating at maximum efficiency and costs as little possible to run. For your fall tune-up, the technician should do the same for your furnace, so that your system can operate safely and efficiently during the colder months.
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 help extend the life of your HVAC, often by years, so you’ll spend less in the long run, too.
You Can Help Prevent Breakdowns
Getting your HVAC inspected and maintained regularly isn’t just about having the quietest air conditioner on the block (although that’s a nice benefit). It’s about avoiding unexpected breakdowns. Just as you wouldn’t expect your car to keep running without changing the oil, belts, filters, brake pads, and fluids regularly, you shouldn’t expect crisp, cold air to come out of your A/C without giving it the regular maintenance it needs.
You can schedule A/C maintenance, but you’ll never be able to schedule an HVAC failure. And, if Murphy’s Law holds true, it’ll happen at the most inconvenient time. If you go without regular HVAC tune-ups, you’ll have no idea what’s going on with your A/C or furnace, and whether they’re in good working order. You’ll also have no way of knowing if your A/C 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 on a regular basis, your technician will inspect the components for signs of wear. You can then make proactive decisions to potentially avoid a stressful and uncomfortable service interruption when the summer heat is in full force.
When it comes to HVAC tune-ups, don’t sweat it. Get your A/C tuned up every spring (and your furnace tuned up every winter), so that you and your family can stay comfortable in your home with a simple turn of the thermostat dial. And if your HVAC unit does break down, check to see if your home warranty will cover the costs of repairs. If your contract doesn’t cover your HVAC system, or if you lack coverage completely, check out American Home Shield® Home Warranty plans today. We can help you get coverage you need to stay cool, calm and collected all summer long.