When Was the Last Time Your HVAC System Was Inspected?

Planning ahead is a challenge for many people. Although your neighbor may always schedule his lawn service to come at the perfect time to take advantage of the weekend’s rain, you barely remember to get the lawn mowed on a weekly basis. And while your father was the kind of home owner who made every repair as soon as it was needed, you have to do items on your list that have been there more than six months. For all of these reasons it might seem like you would also be the kind of person who waits to fix your HVAC on the coldest day of winter or the hottest day of the year, this is the one task that you always get scheduled on time.

When you spent a small fortune purchasing a new heating and cooling system for your house it come with a service contract. For the first five years, the company would come out for free for scheduled service appointments one to two months before the beginning of the winter season, as well as one of two weeks before the summer season. Never one to pass up free service, you always make sure to take care of this necessary task. The combination of the initial price of the investment and the fact that the maintenance services are free means that you are always on time making these appointments.

When Was the Last Time You Had to Fix Your HVAC System?

Few things are worse than finding out your air conditioner is not working on the hottest day of the summer when you are expecting a house full of relatives or realizing that your furnace is broken the morning before your family arrives for Christmas dinner. The time to fix your HVAC machine is the day before it quits. When it is the coldest or the hottest day of the year it is always difficult to find the help that you need. Hot days mean that the air conditioning repair people are booked full and cold days mean that you might have to wait for someone to come look for your furnace.

Without proper installation of a new and efficient heating and cooling system that is well maintained, property owners can waste a lot of money on wasted energy costs. In fact, the latest research from the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that 25% to 40% of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is actually wasted. This waste is partially because contaminants that build up in a HVAC system force the system to work harder. In addition to an inefficient system, a poorly insulated attic accounts for 25% of the hear loss in a house.

In complete contrast, installation of proper insulation can reduce the costs of heating and cooling by as much as 40%. The fact that the average home’s heating and cooling make up 54% of yearly utility bills is reason enough to make all of the efforts you can to get your home more efficient.

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