When most homeowners hear their HVAC contractor talk about purchasing a residential maintenance plan, they automatically think of it as an expensive investment that they can do without. While it’s true that a residential or commercial maintenance plan is an upfront investment, the savings that add up tend to outweigh the costs.
With that said, here’s how a maintenance plan saves you money and pays for itself over the long run.
A Maintenance Plan Improves Efficiency
As with any other appliance or mechanical device that you use in or out of your home, including your car, failing to properly maintain it will eventually lead to inefficient performance. Considering your HVAC system has more than 100 components, it takes a trained professional to ensure each one is functioning properly. Otherwise, your inefficient HVAC system could lead to more breakdowns, a shorter lifespan, and higher utility bills.
A Maintenance Plan Lowers Utility Bills
In the United States, a typical household spends more than $2,000 annually on energy bills. Your heating and cooling system accounts for a big portion of those costs. In fact, the average annual bill for a home that has central air is about $875, which amounts to about 43 percent of your total energy costs. With continuous professional maintenance and greater energy efficiency, homeowners can reduce how much they spend. In addition to investing in residential maintenance to lower monthly utility bills, here are some other ways you can help with energy efficiency.
- Purchase HVAC products that include an ENERGY STAR label. Homes outfitted with ENERGY STAR products use about 35 percent less energy and save about 8,000 pounds in greenhouse emissions every year.
- Replace old air conditioners with newer state-of-the-art models. If your AC is more than a decade old, it’s wasting energy and valuable utility dollars. A new unit will save you money.
- Raise or lower the temperature on your thermostat – depending on the season – when you’re asleep or away from your home. If you do this consistently throughout the year, it can save you hundreds in heating and cooling costs.
A Maintenance Plan Results in Fewer Repairs
You can either catch minor heating and cooling repairs before they become major ones, or you can ignore the problem altogether and suffer the costly consequences. When you invest in a residential or commercial maintenance plan, you essentially hire a professional HVAC technician to look over your system throughout the year. With a watchful eye on your system, issues can be caught early and repaired. Additionally, with an efficiently operating system, you avoid many of the breakdowns that happen when a heating and cooling system isn’t taken care of.
Here are some of the most common problems homeowners without a maintenance plan experience that eventually lead to major breakdowns. If you notice any one of these, it’s important to contact your local HVAC contractor immediately.
- Leaking or low refrigerant
- Dirty condenser coils
- Frozen evaporator coils
- Thermostat sensor issues
- Faulty electrical wiring
A Maintenance Plan Extends the System’s Life
As stated earlier, if your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it to take advantage of today’s technologies that have improved heating and cooling efficiency. Once you’ve replaced your HVAC system with a newer model, or if you already own one, invest in maintenance to extend how long it will operate efficiently. When you invest in an annual maintenance plan, your HVAC system can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years without blowing your energy dollars out the window. The fewer times you have to replace your HVAC system, the more money you save.
For more information about extending your Clearwater home’s HVAC system’s life, or if you’re ready to invest in a maintenance plan, contact Advanced Cooling Systems today at (866) 8217-7662.