We rely on our air conditioning units to keep us cool and comfortable during the warmer months of the year. As we get closer to summer, it’s easy to assume that your AC will be ready to go after months of little to no use. However, it’s not that simple. You need to perform some basic maintenance on your AC to get it ready to go, and in some cases, you may need to schedule repairs. Here’s how and why you should give your AC a boost before summer gets here.
The Benefits of AC Maintenance
Maintenance is the key to a long-lasting system. AC installations cost a pretty penny, so it’s important to limit how often you have to undertake a big expenditure like that. The longer you can wait the lower your AC costs are per year and that’s before accounting for increased efficiency from undergoing maintenance.
Remember that your HVAC units are machines with lots of moving parts. Just like your car, it will start to break down over time. This is why your air conditioning loses efficiency over time. Our technicians can take a look at the system and make sure everything is running smoothly and properly to limit the impact of wear and tear on the unit.
The great news about this increase efficiency is that it will lower your energy bills too! With maintenance, you’ll be saving money on installation costs and in month-to-month energy bills as well.
Lastly, it’s important to catch problems before they completely wreck the system. You’d be surprised at how often we have to replace an AC that could’ve been fixed if it had been looked at by a professional in the month or two before. A small loose-fitting or low refrigerant levels can escalate into a much more serious issue in a few weeks' time, so get your maintenance scheduled before it’s too late!
Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Schedule Maintenance
So, we’ve explained the reasons why you should get AC maintenance in the first place, but we haven’t explained why spring is a particularly great time to do so. The first reason is fairly obvious. Spring is the season directly before summer and it is the time of year before you’ll start using your air conditioning more often. With the increased efficiency that maintenance provides, you’ll be able to spend less during the time of year when you would normally spend the most.
The second reason is that spring is the dreaded season of allergies. Our HVAC pros can bolster your defenses against pollutants and allergens by switching out your air filter and cleaning your HVAC unit. They’ll also ensure that your air conditioning unit isn’t improperly affecting your home’s humidity. Clearing away all that dust and fixing your humidity issues will lessen the impact of allergies on your household this spring season.
Tips and Tricks
You should only get professional maintenance once a year, but you need to help maintain your system the other 364 days of the year. Even something as simple as visually inspecting the unit every few weeks can go a long way toward spotting an issue before it becomes too serious. Clear the unit of debris and try to keep it shaded either with an awning or your natural landscaping. These small steps that any homeowner can perform will help your HVAC system be efficient and long-lasting as well.
Essig Plumbing & Heating is here as an essential business for the community during this time. If you’re interested in a heat pump, or a traditional furnace, we’d love to help set you up. Feel free to give us a call at (610) 557-3302 or fill out an online contact form to set up an appointment for any of your plumbing or HVAC needs.