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How Often Do You Really Need An HVAC Tune-Up?

March 28, 2022 | Blog

As your heating and cooling systems run, dust and dirt build-up in important areas. At Baldwin Heating & Air Conditioning, we know how much you rely on your HVAC unit to keep you comfortable during the most brutal months of the year. Yearly AC maintenance helps ensure your system continues to operate effectively and safely, preventing costly repairs.

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Important

It Saves You Money

By having your HVAC system checked before you notice an issue, you can save money in the long run. During maintenance, technicians ensure your system operates efficiently and doesn’t consume as much energy. This keeps your energy bill as low as possible. They also inspect the system to identify minor problems and address them before they become expensive repairs. Regular tune-ups can prevent equipment failures by up to 95%.

Routine checks also keep your warranty valid and can increase your system’s life. Most manufacturer warranties are voided if the unit is not maintained by a professional, meaning an unexpected breakdown won’t be covered. And if your unit is well-kept, it can last up to 25 years.

Improves Indoor Air Quality And Comfort

Regular filter changes during tune-ups will limit the amount of pet dander, dust and allergens circulating in your home’s air. A clean filter maintains your indoor air quality, relieves indoor allergy symptoms and keeps your system from overworking -so it performs reliably and you stay comfortable. This means it will keep your home at your ideal temperature throughout the year by evenly distributing cool or warm, clean air.

Home Safety

Professional technicians are certified to handle the hazardous chemicals in your system and can prevent dangerous malfunctions. Without heat in freezing temperatures, your pipes may freeze and burst. HVAC units can also leak carbon monoxide into your home. Confirming that your system operates safely is part of regular maintenance.

Environmentally Friendly

Because heating and cooling systems that are regularly tuned use less fuel and energy to operate more efficiently, they are better for the environment. So in addition to utility bill savings, you are helping save the planet by keeping healthy HVAC.

When To Get A Tune-Up

Annual tune-ups are plenty for heating or cooling systems less than five years old. Older ones benefit more from two tune-ups per year, especially in climates requiring them to work more year-round. A good rule of thumb is to schedule maintenance at the beginning of spring and/or fall. This ensures the system you switch to for the season is ready for the change.

Some signs your system needs to be checked right away have nothing to do with the calendar and depend on the unit itself. If your HVAC unit is making strange, loud noises, isn’t performing as well as usual and is using more energy (causing high utility bills), you should schedule a tune-up.

Alabama AC Tune-Ups

Finding an honest HVAC company can be tricky, but you can rely on Baldwin Heating & Cooling to provide service with both skill and integrity. So even if you don’t think there is a problem with your heating or cooling system, our experts can give you peace of mind with a thorough inspection, cleaning and any necessary service adjustments. Contact us today to learn about our SHIELD Membership Protection Plan!

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