After having an HVAC system installed in the home, many homeowners do not spend much time thinking about the system they just had put in place. However, regular maintenance is a requirement after a residential HVAC installation. Proper maintenance of these systems involves some work from both the homeowner and the professionals. A little bit of maintenance also goes a long way and for the most part is not going to be time consuming. Here are three reasons why HVAC maintenance should be on every homeowner's to-do list.
It Saves Money on Energy Costs
It may come as a surprise to some but regular HVAC maintenance can actually save money in the long run. A well maintained system can help keep energy bills down significantly. In fact, proper maintenance can reduce energy costs anywhere from 5 to 40 percent. Failing to properly maintain an HVAC system means that the system has to work harder in order to heat and cool efficiently. Proper maintenance keeps things running smoothly and ensures that the system doesn't need to use more energy to keep the home at a comfortable temperature.
Your System Will Need Fewer Repairs
The average cost of HVAC repair is $332 while yearly maintenance done by a professional runs between $80 and $100. Yearly maintenance means that repairs are going to be needed less often. Since repairs tend to be more expensive, regular maintenance is a cost effective way to keep an HVAC system in good shape. Replacing the filters is also a key part of maintaining an HVAC system. Replacing the filters is fairly inexpensive for most systems and is something that homeowners can often do themselves.
The System Will Enjoy a Longer Lifespan
When it comes to HVAC units, lifespans can vary depending on the system, how much it has been used, and how well it has been maintained. The average lifespan is somewhere between 15 and 20 years for most HVAC systems. However, poor maintenance can reduce the lifespan of a system drastically. HVAC systems that are not maintained and cleaned regularly will see their components wearing out faster. Poor maintenance means more repairs and less efficiency.
Eventually it will make more sense to replace the system than to repair it. Not only does not maintaining and HVAC system mean a shorter lifespan, it also means spending money on a replacement before it's necessary.
Residential HVAC maintenance is key when it comes to keeping a system in good shape. Regular maintenance saves money on energy costs, makes repairs less likely, and increases the lifespan of the system.