HVAC Maintenance in Your New Home
First-time homeowners in Roswell are often excited beyond measure about their new purchase. At the same time, they’re usually anxious about keeping up with their new home’s maintenance. Sometimes, the main question new homeowners ask after buying a home is not whether the HVAC system requires maintenance but rather how often to schedule the service.
Here’s a simple guide to help new homeowners navigate HVAC service needs.
How Often Should You Call Your HVAC Contractor?
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America recommends that homeowners schedule service for their HVAC systems twice a year. Ideally, you should schedule air-conditioning service in the spring, prior to starting up the A/C for the season and placing demands on it. On the flip side, schedule routine service for your furnace in the fall to get it ready for the heating demands of a metro Atlanta winter.
If you’ve already lived in your home for a year or more and haven’t yet serviced the equipment, don’t worry. Maintenance can be done anytime, and you can catch up on servicing a neglected unit.
During a tune-up, your contractor will clean the furnace or air conditioner, removing all dirt and debris that have built up in the systems’ internal components. Removing the junk from your systems will relieve stress on the equipment, counteract wear and tear, and improve efficiency. It’s important that you choose your contractor carefully. A reputable HVAC expert will not only service the heating and cooling system but also should check related components like the ducts.
Return on Investment
According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, regular maintenance, along with following the appropriate installation and sizing guidelines, can boost the equipment’s efficiency by as much as 50 percent - but only if you schedule tune-ups every year. You may be put off by the money you’ll have to ante up to cover the cost of a tune-up, but considering how much of a return it offers should give you the push you need to make maintenance a priority.
How to Save Even More
Most HVAC contractors offer customers who invest in regular service certain perks through service agreements. In exchange for signing up for regular tune-ups, contractors give customers benefits, such as a lower price for annual service checkups, discounts on repairs and priority service.
For more information about tune-ups, to schedule the service or to ask about our maintenance program, contact Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today!