In our last article we looked at the benefits of using a space heater to warm your home. Summer is on the way and even though everyone knows it arrives every year, many are caught ill prepared to handle the sometimes sudden onslaughts of intense humid heat that can happen during summer months. HVAC and AC maintenance are essential to keep your home’s systems running efficiently and reliably. There are a variety of basic inspections and replacements that should be performed every season and should be performed by a qualified technician.
Older HVAC systems can become less efficient over time. Ductwork can become loose, filters get dirty, refrigerant levels run low and seams or seals throughout your home can also break down. Electronic components can short out and stop working properly or run low on batteries. These things make it more difficult for an HVAC system to heat or cool your home and make the system work harder than it needs too. Consumers can usually replace or repair minor system problems to prevent major break downs later.
Even if your HVAC system is new it still needs routine maintenance. Qualified professionals specialize in air conditioner repair. Professionals will be able to inspect refrigerant levels in your AC unit, inspect and change filters, lubricate moving parts, inspect condensate drains, inspect your furnace for gas or oil leaks, adjust blower components and ensure the overall system is running efficiently. Many companies can even perform these services on wall AC units.
There were dozens of heat and cold related fatalities across the United States in 2009 and record temperatures are being recorded for many parts of the U.S. for 2010. Take the time to have your HVAC system checked in an off season to ensure it gets maintenance and is functioning properly. Qualified technicians will know what needs replacing and what you can rely on for another hot or cold season. Many businesses offer free quotes on repairs or replacement of HVAC equipment and work on many different brands of HVAC systems. We recommend if it is time for your air conditioner to be serviced you get hold of a professional today.