Your air conditioner and furnace can account for about 56% of a home’s energy usage, the Department of Energy says. But the impact is not just from the temperature outdoors. How well your cooling system is maintained affects utility bills as well as overall comfort.
Maintenance vs. leave it alone.
Your HVAC system has multiple components that require regular maintenance in order for the unit to function properly and efficiently. Neglecting to maintain these components, however, leads to a decline in a system’s performance and an increase in energy usage, and if not maintained annually you can void the manufacturer warranty!
For example, the most routine of all maintenance steps is to change your furnace air filter regularly. If the filter is clogged and dirty, it blocks airflow and stresses your HVAC system. But keeping filters clean can lower your air conditioner energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.
Additionally, both the outside condenser coil and the inside evaporator coil can collect dirt and dust – which reduces airflow, increases energy usage and decreases comfort. What’s more, improper maintenance can lead to the compressor or fan failing prematurely. That’s why manufacturers require annual maintenance to keep the warranty active.
For our customers, we recommend that they enroll in our planned maintenance program that provides for thorough seasonal tune-ups as well as from of the line service and much more. It’s a great way for you to preserve your system’s life, increase its energy efficiency and avoid poorly timed cooling problems. And you can expect real results!
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, when a professional technician inspects, cleans and tunes your system…
- If the refrigerant needs recharging, this correction can improve system efficiency by 20%.
- Correcting airflow rates can improve efficiency another 5-10%.
Among other services, the technician will also oil motors, check belts for tightness and wear, check the accuracy of the thermostat, inspect and tighten electrical connections and more… all to get your system in tiptop shape for the height of summer.
Schedule your air conditioning tune-up today. No better return on your investment and comfort.