Posted: April 12, 2019 at 9:40am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
There aren’t many generations left who will take the time to fix appliances. Dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves are only meant to last an average of 10 years, according to This Old House. Don’t take that approach with your air conditioner.
Today’s energy-efficient equipment handling heating, cooling, and indoor air quality is sophisticated and precise. Even experienced HVAC technicians may not know the technical details on two comparable units by different manufacturers.
There are a lot of DIY air conditioner tune-up videos on YouTube, but it would take a lot of effort to piece together a comprehensive HVAC education on your specific equipment from random vloggers. Once you did, the industry might change—more on that later.
The only way to save real money on A/C tune-ups is to find an experienced, manufacturer-certified HVAC contractor nearby with good referrals and business partnerships. Here are 3 ways you’re going to save on tune-ups with a scheduled service plan:
Performance is the key metric when it comes to central A/C systems and ductless mini-splits. Feeling cold air is not a guarantee all the system components are running efficiently. If you want to throw in a window unit and pay higher electric bills to sleep in the cold during the summer, you may not be ready for this article.
Investing in any size cooling system for your home takes careful planning and technical know-how. For instance, when buying brand-new air conditioning equipment:
Following this 3-part strategy will give you recourse to every available warranty should something go wrong. Plus, scheduled professional service has been shown to increase the life of HVAC equipment.
Many companies give priority emergency service to customers on their maintenance plans.
Every year regular maintenance is skipped, a brand-new, energy-efficient central air conditioning system loses 5% of its efficiency, according to ConsumersAdvocate.org. On the other hand, the same organization says cooling systems receiving proper maintenance can retain 95% efficiency for the life of the unit.
Heating and cooling energy costs make up more than 40% of a typical household budget, according to ENERGY STAR. A 25% drop in A/C performance can quickly increase a household budget.
A factory-trained HVAC technician knows when poor performance could be from leaky ductwork. Even the best air conditioners use up to 40% more energy when the ductwork leaks, according to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
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The HVAC industry is evolving with technological innovations and updated regulations, and as a result, job descriptions and training for HVAC technicians are changing as well. Manufacturers ensure all their certified techs have the tools and know-how to properly maintain their most energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. To put it simply, factory-certified A/C technicians are trained specifically for the equipment they work on.
The learning curve to acquire that level of expertise off YouTube videos and practice on your own air conditioner is more than most people can handle—or have time for!
When you hire a long-standing HVAC contractor with a reputable client base, you’re hiring a consultant with follow-through. Smart clients know hiring contractors they can trust gives access to the best resources, including technical know-how and financial options.
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