Your HVAC system controls how comfortable your home is, it keeps you cool in summer and nice and warm in the winter. But like any other system in your home they will break down and calling an HVAC contractor in the middle of the night when you have no heat is going to cost a fortune. Regular maintenance is how you keep avoiding emergency HVAC calls and keeps your system running smoothly.
Here are some tips on maintaining your HVAC system:
Get a Maintenance Program
If you subscribe to a maintenance program with a local HVAC company they can make sure that your air conditioning, furnace, boiler will continue to work as it should. In your maintenance package the company should make sure that all of the filters in the system are changed regularly, the coils in the system are cleaned and that the system is operating efficiently. If you have commercial property, regular maintenance is doubly important and you are going to need a commercial HVAC contractor to maintain it. At the very least your system should be inspected at least once a year, but in commercial property it is recommended that you have your system inspected at least twice per year.
Ignoring Regular Maintenance
Most homeowners and even commercial property owners ignore their heating and cooling system until something goes wrong. As long as the heat comes on when it is supposed to, all is right with the world. The last thing on your mind are filters or coils but when the monthly bills come in and the cost to keep your building comfortable is twice as high as it should be then you’re scrambling to find an HVAC contractor. A complete breakdown of your system can leave you sitting in the cold and then you will be scrambling to find an emergency repair service that will cost you an arm and a leg.
Never Try and Fix it Yourself
It goes without saying that you should never try and fix your furnace or air conditioning systems yourself. Not only are these complicated pieces of equipment but trying to fix your own heating system is dangerous. Do not mess around with gas lines, and mistakes can mean carbon monoxide leaking into your home which is deadly. Always call an expert that is licensed to repair your HVAC system. It is not only safer for you but it is more cost effective. Ideally calling during regular business hours is what you want but if you are a homeowner in Minnesota and your heat goes out in January then you need a company there NOW. There are many companies that will offer emergency service for just such a case.
You want your home to be comfortable all year long at the same time you don’t want to be paying outrageous utility bills in order for that to happen. Getting your HVAC checked on a regular basis will help keep repairs at bay and your costs where they should be. Don’t ignore your HVAC system or you can find yourself out in the cold.