Why HVAC Maintenance Is Important

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

We love Hawaii for its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and warm climate… But who wants to live in Hawaii without air conditioning?

For those that fail to maintain their HVAC system, that’s a reality. The average temperature in the summer is 84℉ and as temperatures rise, most people can’t wait to turn on their air conditioning. But before you turn on your HVAC system, you should schedule your HVAC maintenance.

Routine and seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system results in lower utility bills, fewer emergency repairs, healthy indoor air, extends the life of your HVAC system and complies with your warranty.

Lower Utility Bills

Routine and preventative HVAC maintenance is critical to ensuring that your HVAC systems are running at peak efficiency. When your HVAC systems are working properly and efficiently, they use far less electricity to run. The Building Efficiency Initiative found that proper maintenance can save anywhere from 5% to 40% on your utility bills, depending on the system and equipment.

Fewer Emergency Repairs, Longer Lifespan

Performing seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system will ensure that you don’t feel chilly in the winter or too sweaty in the summer. While we don’t encounter snow during our winter season, our winters are colder and wetter so we have to prepare our HVAC for Hawaiian wintertime.

Additionally, one of the things we love most about Hawaii is our sandy beaches. That sand is deadly for your HVAC system. Sand can clog the filter, jam the fans, disrupt the coils, and more. And it doesn’t take a lot of sand to cause major issues for your HVAC system. Changing the filter and receiving an annual tune-up and cleaning by a trained HVAC professional will ensure that you have fewer emergency repairs.

Maintaining your HVAC system is almost always less expensive than fronting the cost of emergency repairs, and costs far less than replacing the entire system.

Healthy Indoor Air

The first step to ensuring that you have healthy indoor air is changing your air filter. Your air filter will clean the pollen, pet dander, dust mites, smoke, and bacteria from the air. Otherwise, those same particles would be blown around the room every time you turn on your HVAC system. We recommend changing your filter once a month during periods of frequent use to ensure you have healthy indoor air.

Maintains Your Warranty

When you first purchased your HVAC system you likely also bought a warranty or a limited warranty. While that will protect your investment in most cases of traditional wear and tear or if the HVAC system fails before a certain year, neglecting maintenance will usually void your warranty. If the company who issued your warranty can prove that your HVAC system failed because you didn’t change the filter, they won’t honor the warranty.

Additionally, many warranty providers are requiring proof that the HVAC system was regularly maintained by an HVAC specialist. Check your warranty to see if this applies to your HVAC system.

Safety

Carbon Monoxide

We’ve all heard the tragic stories of carbon monoxide leaks where a family goes to bed and doesn’t wake up the next morning from carbon monoxide poisoning. Did you know that HVAC systems that haven’t been properly maintained can cause a carbon monoxide leak?

In fact, cracked, damaged, or failed heat exchangers are the #1 cause of carbon monoxide leaks. This colorless, odorless gas can have devastating health effects, even in small quantities.

Fire

To ensure your HVAC unit processes air correctly, it must have uninterrupted, clean airflow. This means the filter must be changed as well as keeping each of the components clean and functional. If the airflow is interrupted or becomes filled with particles, that can plug up and overheat the heat exchanger, causing a fire.

Go with AIRPRO Indoor Air Solutions!

Not sure when the last time your HVAC system was cleaned? Wondering if you’re due for a cleaning? What is the price of getting your HVAC system cleaned?

Prices of cleanings depend on several factors, including the size of the system, the frequency of cleaning, climate of the region, and level of contamination. Do you have a question about HVAC maintenance? Give us a call today!