Almost everything in the world requires some level of maintenance. If it’s not maintained, it will almost surely, eventually need to be replaced.
Clearly, some things can’t be replaced – like your body, your mind, and your mental health. But inanimate, material things are replaceable. They all require upkeep, though. Your phone, your computer, your car, your lawnmower, your heating system, even your eyes, and teeth all need check-ups and treatment at some point.
Yep – you read that right. Just like your teeth need check-ups by the dentist every six months and your car needs its oil changed every five thousand miles, your home’s heating system needs regular check-ups and maintenance service by a professional, too. Things like cleaning the furnace box, checking that all wiring is as it should be, looking over your boiler’s heat exchanger, and ensuring that your thermostat works properly and that your ductwork has no breaks or leaks – all these things should be examined and tuned up at least once a year. In fact, these points and more are critical to your system’s performance and the safety of your home and family.
1. Save Energy
In today’s world, everyone is all about saving energy – with good reason. Saving energy is obviously the responsible thing to do for the planet. In addition, as the cost of absolutely everything continues to increase, reducing the energy your heating system uses means spending less on utility bills. And, pulling less power is exactly what makes an energy-efficient system effective– which also means you’re getting what you paid for when you decided to buy one in the first place
2. Extend System Life – and Warranty
Keeping your heating system in good working order is key to making it last longer. Having your home HVAC system serviced every year – once before cold weather and once as the spring thaw takes hold – is pretty standard. Having services at these intervals helps ensure that your system is in peak working condition and that any minor or potential issues can be addressed before they turn into unexpected and costly repairs.
This also lets you avoid situations where you are suddenly without heat during the dead of winter, and it works to keep repair costs down, too. Finally, just like oil changes for your vehicle, staying on top of maintenance can help your system work less hard, wear less, and last longer. So maintenance agreements actually pay for themselves – not only in dollars saved but also in terms of pain and frustration when you need it least.
Another good point to note: if you purchased an extended warranty when your system was installed, be careful – a maintenance agreement with successful tune-ups that are completed on schedule might be required for the installer to honor that warranty. It might also be necessary that the service be performed by the same company that did the installation. Be sure you check on this before you schedule your service, and make sure you are doing the right things to preserve your warranty’s validity.
3. Comfort – both Physical and Mental
When your home HVAC system is functioning as intended, it’s out of sight, out of mind. And that’s what you need – one less thing to worry about in today’s crazy world. If you have a maintenance agreement, chances are good that your heating and cooling company will remind you when it’s time to schedule your service, so you don’t even have to think about that. And you’ll know you’re saving money and keeping your home and family safe, as well as being kind to the planet. So there’s another mental load off.
In addition, ensuring your system is in proper working condition also means keeping the air in your home flowing evenly, eliminating hot and cold spots, and keeping you comfortable in every room.
The peace of mind that a maintenance agreement can bring makes it a no-brainer. What might at first seem like an additional expense turns out to be a huge win – and a solid investment in you, your home, and your family.