It’s easy to ignore your heating and cooling equipment -- until it breaks down. The usual cause of premature breakdown is that equipment has not been properly maintained and cleaned. Some homeowners avoid preventive maintenance in an attempt to save a few dollars. What they fail to realize is that when not properly maintained, the equipment consumes more energy because it quickly loses efficiency owing to dirt buildup and out of range performance. This fact has been proven time and again in field tests. Additionally, the cost of preventive maintenance is dwarfed by the cost of system failure, replacement parts or even having to replace your equipment before its time. If your system fails in winter, you could also be dealing with frozen pipes and property damage.
Did you know over a third of the nation’s energy usage goes to heating and cooling buildings? In fact, it’s likely the largest use of energy in your home. Preventive maintenance has been proven to generate dramatic energy savings. According to some studies, homeowners could save $50 a month on utilities just with preventive maintenance that ensures their equipment is clean, functioning and efficient.
It doesn’t take much for your heating and cooling equipment’s performance to become wasteful. Some problems can dramatically increase your costs without impacting your comfort level, and you may not even be aware there is an issue until it's too late and your furnace or A/C has become damaged. For example:
HVAC PROBLEMS THAT GO UNDETECTED BY INCREASE ENERGY COSTS
- Only 100th of an inch of dust, film or dirt on your evaporator coil can decrease efficiency up to 15 percent.
- If refrigerant is undercharged by only 10 percent, your operating costs may increase more than 20 percent.
- Dirty blowers, condensers and evaporators can raise your energy use by 50 percent, or even more.
- Roughly 80 percent of compressor breakdowns could have been prevented if preventive maintenance had been performed.
- Preventive maintenance performed twice a year can fix small problems before they become expensive repairs. Preventive maintenance also allows your technicians to get to know your unique HVAC setup and household needs, so they can identify problems before they escalate.
So how much does an HVAC maintenance plan cost? In the end, preventive maintenance agreements pay for themselves by increasing efficiency, lowering energy costs, preventing breakdowns and offering loyal customers discounts on any repairs.
If you’re interested in protecting your investment with preventive maintenance, please contact P.K. Wadsworth.
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