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As winter comes to a close and spring gets underway, it is time for homeowners to start preparing their homes for the coming summer season. Now, it may seem a bit early to start thinking that far ahead. Trust us, though, spring is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the hottest months of the year. One of those preparations should be air conditioning maintenance.
Your air conditioner is a pretty sturdy system, and it’s designed to last for many years. However, all air conditioners are designed with the assumption that their users will be conducting regular preventive maintenance on them. Without that maintenance, your air conditioner may not last nearly as long as you’d like. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your air conditioner checked at least once a year. In fact, a lot of air conditioner warranties require that annual maintenance in order to remain valid. Why spring, though? What makes spring such a good time to schedule air conditioning maintenance?
Well, the best time to conduct maintenance on anything is usually right before you plan on using it more often. Heaters are often serviced in the fall, and air conditioners tend to be serviced during spring. This ensures that any developing issues your air conditioner has are dealt with, before they are exacerbated by the increased usage during the summer. If you don’t conduct annual spring maintenance on your air conditioner, you run the risk of having it break down from the strain during the hot summer months. It will probably be a lot more comfortable to have your air conditioner repaired or replaced during spring, when you don’t necessarily need it, then to spend several days without it during summer.
Your air conditioner’s efficiency will also likely go up after your annual spring maintenance. As wear and tear from normal use begins to accumulate on the system, the various parts in the system slowly begin to decline in their ability to perform their various functions. Some of these parts may need to be replaced, while other just need a good cleaning to be restored to full strength. Either way, an annual maintenance checkup is the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is in prime operating condition. If you haven’t had your annual spring air conditioner checkup yet, give us a call today.
Your ducts are a very important part of your home’s infrastructure. They serve as the highways through which your warm and cool air flows throughout the year. Centralized forced air systems would be impossible without them, which would make life much more uncomfortable. As vital as they are, however, they are often not given the attention they need when it comes to maintenance. Ducts need professional care just as much as any other home system. They simply need it in a different way. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to proper duct care, read on for information about duct cleaning.
What is Duct Cleaning?
Duct cleaning is a service that focuses on removing dust, debris, and any other contaminants from the ductwork in your home. How this is done depends largely on the type of ducts you have. If they’re the typical sheet metal ducts, a large vacuum is used to suck everything out of the ductwork. For tube or cloth ducts, a special set of cleaning tools is used to manually sweep away the debris. This leaves the ducts clean, clear, and in much better condition overall.
Why Do I Need Duct Cleaning?
There are a number of reasons that duct cleaning can benefit you this spring. First, it can improve your air quality. There are millions of airborne particles floating around in the average home, including germs, dust, pollen, and mold. These particles have a tendency to collect in your home’s ductwork, out of reach of your normal cleaning efforts. Then, when you turn on your heater or air conditioner, all of those particles are blown around the house and lower your air quality. Duct cleaning removes all of those contaminants, allowing you to use your forced air systems without negatively affecting your air.
Duct cleaning can also determine whether or not you need any additional repairs. Ducts can develop leaks quite easily, which can substantially impact the effectiveness of your forced air systems. In fact, the US Department of Energy has estimated that as much as 30% of a forced air system’s output is lost to duct leaks on average. If your HVAC professional finds any leaks during the duct cleaning process, he or she can then seal them for you. This will ensure that your air conditioner is as energy efficient as possible during the summer.