The summer is winding down. Children are returning to school and homeowners are preparing for the winter months. Soon, snow will replace the extreme heat and we will switch from using our air conditioners all day to turning the heat up. Right now is the perfect time to complete necessary repairs and service maintenance on both the air conditioning and the heating units. The temperatures will eventually decline, and there will be a short period of time that we will not need to use neither the AC nor the heat. This is the best time to have the AC unit maintenanced and winterized and to have the furnace inspected. Regular maintenance at timely seasonal points can prevent costly and uncomfortable 24 hour emergency calls.
Some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold. Ensuring that you get regular furnace maintenance, before the furnace is even needed can prevent poorly timed repairs. If the service technician finds anything wrong with the furnace in the fall months, the homeowner has the chance to get a second opinion, order discounted parts or make payment plans until the furnace can be repaired. Furnace repair can also be a timely process. Sometimes the entire furnace may need to be replaced, which also required time. You do not want to be left out in the cold, without the ability to turn on the heat.
The same idea goes for the air conditioning unit. Although you are likely turning off your air conditioning system for the season very soon, you do not want it to need repair when summer comes back around. If you wait too long to have it serviced, you may have to spend many hot days with no air conditioning. This can be especially important for commercial properties. Commercial HVAC units need to be consistently and regularly inspected and repaired. Additionally, when you wait until the spring or the summer to have your AC inspected or repaired, you may be put on a long wait, unable to get an appointment in a timely manner.
Regular service and maintenance of your AC and furnace can also reduce your utility costs. When the units are working properly, they require less effort to function. This results in lowered energy usage and lowered utility bills. Even minor repairs can help bring down bills. If you have to repair the heat pump repair, for example, the furnace unit will pump heat more efficiently. Even things like upgrading the thermostat can make a difference to your utility costs. Thermostats are a key in helping control your heating costs. For every 2 degrees you lower your thermostat, you can save approximately 5% on your heating costs. While you sleep, thermostats should be turned down or turned completely off (health permitting).
You can save even more money by having a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will automatically reduce the thermostat for you, resulting in saved money and energy usage. To cut down on the heating of your home, have a programmable thermostat installed. The programmable thermostat will keep your home warmer during the hours of the day that you are there and cooler when you are away. These thermostats have the potential to reduce your heating bill by 10%.
Summer is coming to an end. There will be a short period of time when you will not run the air conditioning unit or the furnace. This is the perfect time for air conditioning and furnace unit inspections and regular maintenance. Regular maintenance prevents untimely and costly repairs and replacements from being needed. When you regularly repair and maintenance your air conditioning unit and furnace unit, you will notice a decrease in your utility bills. You can also install a programmable thermostat, which will help you control your utility bills.