Summer is fast approaching, which means now is the best time to give your air conditioner the annual tune-up it needs before you run it on a daily basis. Like a warm-up before a race, your annual AC tune-up prepares your air conditioning unit to go the distance during the hotter months.
Homeowners who choose not to tune-up their central air conditioner often pay for their mistake (literally) through costly breakdowns and higher energy bills. But is air conditioner maintenance really worth it?
Why bother with springtime AC maintenance?
Today’s air conditioners use 50% less energy compared to those in 1990. Yet an unmaintained air conditioner can easily become inefficient both in providing cool air and reducing energy costs.
When you’re proactive with your spring HVAC maintenance, you can save more in the following ways:
- Avoid emergency service calls. When you give your AC unit its well-needed annual maintenance, you reduce the risk of emergency service calls during the summer. The last thing you want to deal with during the summer months is a broken air conditioner and the fees that come along with an emergency repair.
- Avoid major problems. AC emergencies aren’t the only thing you need to worry about. When you choose not to correct small problems with annual maintenance, you opt instead to deal with larger problems later on because smaller issues weren’t addressed ahead of time. A tune-up can reduce the risk of these bigger problems by preventing them before they happen.
- Improve your AC efficiency. Nothing is as frustrating as a short-circuiting air conditioner. Not only are your utility bills going up because your AC is running more than necessary but your AC is also not efficiently cooling down your home. Spring maintenance can maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency to reduce your utility bills and to help cool down your home that much faster.
- Lengthen the life of your AC. Without maintenance, your AC unit doesn’t run as efficiently and often becomes overworked. Spring maintenance can not only make your air conditioning unit that much more efficient but it can also help it run easier and lengthen its life.
Spring is considered the best time to contact your HVAC contractors for your annual AC tune-up.