You’ve heard about preventative care many times from various sources. The reality is that preventative care is important, yet most folks tend to ignore it.
This is especially true for homeowners. For example, you know that you should clean your gutters. This one thing can prevent issues with your roof, but do you really do it?
You might do it every so often, but since you don’t see the issue, you tend to leave it for the next day. Well, we know folks do the same thing with HVAC preventative care.
We’re here to help you see why it’s important to keep up with HVAC preventative maintenance, even if you might not see the benefits of doing so immediately.
Part of the reason we, at Delaware Heating and Air, do our best to not only help with repairs but also walk customers through the entire process is because we want to teach.
The more you know about your system, the more you’ll understand how to care for it and why something like preventative care is something we emphasize.
The following are five reasons to worry about preventative maintenance that we can think of, and we hope they help you see why scheduling maintenance is something you should do.
1. Your Safety Could Depend On It
Yes, as inconvenient and nerve-wracking as this truth might be, your HVAC could put you in danger.
The issue we think is the most dangerous regarding your HVAC has to do with leaks. All sorts of leaks could occur, like a carbon monoxide leak.
Keep in mind that this is odorless, so carbon monoxide poisoning is more dangerous than you might imagine. It’s recommended that you invest in a high-quality smart carbon monoxide detector that can warn you something is wrong.
Even if you have us take care of your HVAC, it’s always a good idea to be extra cautious and buy the detector.
Usually, a leak like this happens because the heat exchanger has a crack somewhere. This could happen because of wear and tear or other issues.
The good thing is that our technicians should be able to detect a leak and take care of it before it becomes a danger to you or your family. Yes, we know that scheduling preventative maintenance means you’ll have to pay a little more for HVAC care, but this protects your home, and that’s priceless.
2. You Help the Environment
Delaware cares about the environment, and if you care about it, too, you want to take care of your HVAC system.
If you don’t care for it through preventative maintenance, a lot could go wrong. They might not be huge in comparison to what’s going on in the world, but if you can do even the smallest thing to reduce your carbon footprint, then you probably want to do it, and caring for your system does exactly that.
Failing to do so could cause some of the following issues:
- Your HVAC’s energy consumption will be higher.
- Indoor air quality could suffer.
- You may not be following refrigerant regulations.
- Unnecessary cooling and heating devices might be in use.
You might be wondering how all of this is possible, but it can happen. For example, if for some reason your HVAC hasn’t been properly maintained, then your filter may not be clean. Filters need to be replaced regularly.
If they aren’t replaced, they not only cause poor indoor air quality but also make your machine work harder than it needs to. If it works harder, then you’re consuming more energy.
As you know, energy doesn’t grow on trees. Electric companies create all sorts of harmful gases when they make electricity for you, so the more you consume, the more harm you cause to the environment.
When your device isn’t working well, you might plug up other devices, like heaters or fans to try to keep yourself more comfortable. That forces you to use even more energy. If you want to be as eco-conscious as possible, then you want to invest in preventative maintenance.
3. Your Indoor Air Quality May Improve
We mentioned indoor air quality earlier, but we’re going to talk a little more about it so that you understand why it’s so important. Yes, having good indoor air quality means your environment is cleaner, but it means much more than that.
In essence, it means your home will not have as many allergens as it might if your HVAC system isn’t taken care of regularly. The following are some allergens that could be floating inside your home:
- Pet dander
- Microbial growth
- Mold spores
No homeowner wants this, which is the reason preventative HVAC care is so important. If indoor air quality matters to you, then it goes beyond making sure you replace your filters regularly.
You also have to ensure that your vents are cleaned regularly. Keep in mind that all of these allergens could trigger people in your house who happen to be sensitive to these irritants. This can cause some people to have a hard time breathing, while others could develop a full-blown allergy attack.
All of this is preventable though, and that’s what matters. Allow us to provide preventative maintenance, and you’ll feel happier knowing your home’s air is much cleaner. Try to up your preventative maintenance appointments during allergy season when some of these irritants are most likely found in the atmosphere. That means they could make it into your home easier.
4. Preventative Care Leads to Optimal Performance
Homeowners want their appliances to work optimally.
It makes perfect sense because that means the following regarding their HVAC:
- It doesn’t emit unwanted noises.
- It can fight off strange smells.
- It distributes cooled and heated air evenly.
- It lasts as long as possible.
Preventative maintenance helps ensure your appliance continues to do its job for a long time.
When folks make such a large investment, they are hoping their investment will give back much more, which is the reason we provide preventative care.
The sooner we catch issues, the less likely your device will need replacing.
By catching issues as soon as possible, we also prevent other annoying issues that make it hard to enjoy the comfort an HVAC is supposed to give you.
Bad smells or disturbing noises can be traced back to a problem that hasn’t been addressed. We don’t want you to deal with any of that. We want you to be comfortable the whole year, even when it gets cold out there or when it gets hot.
Problems can make it hard for a system to cool or warm up every area of your home evenly.
That means someone in your home won’t be as comfortable, and your machine will have to run longer. That’s more energy consumption. Working with us can help prevent those problems.
5. Preventative Maintenance Can Save You Money
This is the last reason why this type of maintenance is smart to invest in.
While maintenance does cost you something, it ends up saving you money in the long run in many ways, like the following:
- It reduces the need for additional appliances.
- It reduces energy costs.
- It prevents costly repairs.
- It prevents you from replacing the system prematurely.
Being a homeowner comes with many expenses. It always seems like there’s something new that needs to be taken care of, and it always costs you money.
We know all this, which is the reason pushing preventative maintenance is so important to us because we know it’ll save you financial stress down the line.
Making sure you do this even helps you keep up with your warranty requirements. This means that if something is supposed to be covered by the warranty, you’ll likely be able to use that benefit, too.
Delaware Heating and Air is here to help with all of this and more. Just give us a call, and we can schedule your first maintenance service.