Even as we're moving out of the summer and into the cold winter months, it's still a good idea to think about your home's HVAC system. These "transition" periods — the time between fall and winter and spring and summer when temperatures are mild — are the perfect time to have your home's HVAC system serviced. Not only will you be able to take advantage of easier scheduling, but also possibly lower rates on labor and even parts.
Most HVAC companies offer a yearly inspection as part of their list of AC services, for the reasons outlined below. If it's been a while since you've had your system serviced, contact a professional to have it looked at as soon as possible.
Clean and Maintain
Your air conditioning system handles a lot of dirt and grime on a regular basis. Allergens, contaminants, and even chemicals from the air can pollute your home's indoor air quality, making it 2 to 3 times worse on the inside than it is on the outside. Furthermore, your actual AC unit can become dirty as well, accumulating quite a bit of buildup on your condenser coils and your fans. Regular AC services will make sure that these systems are clean and operate efficiently so that you can have peace of mind about your unit's operation.
Check and Repair
Along with regular maintenance of your system, an AC service inspection will also be able to spot any problem areas that may arise later, such as motors that are about to go out or ductwork that needs to be cleaned. Time is of the essence here, so if the technician is able to spot a problem with your air conditioning system now, they may be able to salvage it before it turns into a major issue later. Even something as simple as a loose fan blade can become dislodged and roll around inside your AC unit, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of damage. If it's spotted during an inspection, however, it can simply be reattached and fastened securely.
Recommend and Upgrade
Like everything else in your home, air-conditioning technology has come a long way in the last few decades. As your HVAC technician inspects your home, they can make recommendations as to the state of your AC unit, such as suggesting further AC services that you should take advantage of or even newer models that may help your home run more efficiently. While the cost may be substantial, the long-term savings can be significant and more than make up for the initial expense.
For more information about HVAC or AC service, contact a local HVAC technician.