We talked last time about the importance of regular filter changes. Keep in mind that the proper maintenance of your heating and cooling system should consist of more than just monthly filter changes. Keeping your home’s heating and cooling system tuned-up and running properly is one of the best things you can do for your home, both from a comfort perspective as well as a financial one.
You may find this hard to believe but over the course of the next 12 months, your home’s heating and cooling system can easily run for 3,200 hours. Comparing that to a vehicle running at 45 miles per hour for that long of a period, it is similar to putting over 140,000 miles on your unit during the next year. So, a system tune up at the beginning of each heating and cooling cycle is very important. It’s like giving your system an oil-change and making sure it’s road worthy before going on a long trip.
Like with any machine, small problems can be detected long before they turn into big, expensive problems if your unit is properly maintained. And it seems like heating and cooling systems tend to break down most when temperatures are at their worst and when it’s most inconvenient for you. You can help assure your heating and cooling system is running at peak performance if you stay on top of the maintenance.
Customers who have tune-ups performed regularly see these annual benefits:
- Fewer Service Problems: Tune-ups prevent costly equipment breakdowns, maintain optimal efficiency and can extend the life of your equipment. They also prevent your system from breaking down during peak season when service calls take longer to get to.
- Savings on Heating and Cooling Bills: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your utility bills just by having regular tune-ups performed on your heating and cooling system each year.
- Safety: With gas furnaces, regular inspections can detect tiny cracks in your heating system’s heat exchanger, cracks through which carbon monoxide can leak into your home. We follow strict standards when we test for sources of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home.
- Keep Warranties Valid: Your system warranty may not be honored if your equipment is not properly maintained.
Most of us operate our heating and cooling systems with an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. It is easy to assume that our HVAC systems are working well so long as we are feeling the cold or warm air in our homes. But the fact is most HVAC systems that are not properly maintained are also not operating at peak performance. That means that they cost more to operate and that the major components may be under stress. This is costly in the long run. So take the time to tune up your unit twice a year, once before winter and once before summer, to help reduce energy consumption and prolong the life of your equipment. HVAC maintenance plans are excellent for addressing these needs through pre-scheduled service. Make sure you look for a plan that offers two or more annual tuneups.
For the month of October, Ultra Air Conditioning is offering a Full System Tune Up for only $49. So call Ultra today at 520-392-0008 and “Live Comfortably”