Your air conditioning unit is more than just a means to maintain comfort levels inside your home. It’s also an investment in your home as well as a life-saving tool. Regular maintenance on your HVAC system will ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Here are a few reasons why regular maintenance is vital to your health and the health of your HVAC system.
Regular inspections and seasonal HVAC maintenance can help you save money on costly repair. Your HVAC technician is trained to spot problems before they happen. For example, your technician will always check the amount of electricity running through your unit using a device called a multimeter. If volt measurements aren’t within a healthy range for your specific unit, it could be a sign of faulty wiring. A reading that’s too high means that your unit is wasting energy; this will reflect in higher monthly energy bills. Regular inspections can help spot and treat problems like this before they become a more serious (and expensive) problem.
Regular maintenance and upkeep will increase the longevity of your unit. A good quality HVAC should last you 10-15 years if you take care of it. Seasonal maintenance involves cleaning your outside unit of outdoor debris like lawn clippings and dead leaves. Buildup inside the unit can force your unit to work harder than it needs to. For the indoor unit, flushing the condensation lines is also part of regular maintenance. A flush clears the lines of mold and mildew.
Besides maintain personal comfort levels, seasonal maintenance can actually prevent a possible life-threatening situation. Every winter, thousands of people die due to in-home hypothermia. This can happen when your heating unit fails to heat your home adequately or stops unexpectedly in the middle of a cold, winter’s night. When your heating element fails, you’re also more susceptible to cold-related illnesses like the flu or pneumonia. During the summer months, a broken air conditioner can increase your risk of heat-stroke and dehydration.
This article originally appeared on Comfort Solutions