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The sun is setting earlier, the temperatures have started to fall and depending on where you live, you may have even seen flakes of snow start to fly. That means that winter is very nearly upon us, and heating season is about to begin – if it hasn’t already.
That also means that if you have not gotten an annual tune up of your heating system, time is running short to get it done. In case you need some reminders about why that is so important, read on to learn more.
The Tune Up
When a professional comes to your home to do annual maintenance on your HVAC system, you may wonder just what he is up to. Usually, it is just routine tasks. He will do a general inspection, tighten connections, check lines to make sure they are moving freely, lubricate any moving parts and clean the parts that get dirty easily, like filters, fans and vents.
Also, if there are any parts that need to be replaced during this time, he will take care of that as well.
That all seems simple enough, so why is it so important? There are several reasons, such as:
- Replacing worn parts early prevents major breakdowns later, such as in the middle of winter. Being without heat in the chilly midst of January while you wait for a repairman to make it through the snow is no fun.
- Tightening, lubricating and cleaning the various components of your heating system helps keep the whole system running smoothly and efficiently. This means your home is as warm as it can be, and your family is comfortable and happy.
- Routine maintenance extends the life of your heating system, so you can avoid dropping big money on a replacement as long as possible.
- You save money, not only on the replacement costs we just mentioned, but also on monthly bills and future repair costs.
When you look at all those benefits together, it only seems natural to have your heating system inspected and tuned up. The sooner, the better, so give a call to local professional today.
That way, you can be warm all winter long and rest easy knowing that your heating system is in great shape.
Why HVAC Installation Matters
When it comes to heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems, durability starts at installation. A large number of mechanical breakdowns, emergency repairs and other HVAC issues can be traced directly back to poor installation, even when they occur years later. Getting a new HVAC system properly installed may not seem like a big deal at the time, but paying attention during the installation process can save huge headaches later on.
Better Installation Means Fewer Repairs
The various components of your HVAC system are meant to work together in harmony, with each one doing its part to keep your home comfortable and your air clean. That means that a simple error during installation, such as failing to secure a connection properly, can cause not just one problem but a whole host of them, which you may have to contend with year round.
This is even truer of matched systems, in which components are designed by the manufacturer to work together perfectly. This maximizes efficiency when done properly, but it also means bigger problems when installation is done poorly.
Dealing with repairs is a hassle that no one wants. Good installation prevents that hassle.
The Secret to Long Life
Unfortunately, this newsletter does not contain the secrets of the Fountain of Youth. It can, however, help you keep your HVAC system running for a good long time, which starts at the moment it’s installed.
Aside from preventing breakdowns, proper installation also extends the life of your HVAC equipment. Little things like the correct filters, tight fittings and appropriate ductwork can make a huge difference in the life of your system.
The longer your HVAC system lasts, the longer you can wait to replace it.
Getting the Right Installer
A good installation starts with the right installer. You want a professional, skilled, licensed contractor who can get the job done right the first time. Here are some tips to help you find one in your area:
- Do your homework. Read reviews online of local contractors to see what others think.
- Check credentials. Look into whether prospective contractors have professional certifications that set them apart from the others.
- Ask around. Chances are your friends and family in the area have had some work done on their HVAC systems. Ask them who they used and what their experience was like. They may have a great recommendation.
- Once you have found a professional you like, hold on to his information. File it away in a safe place so you can call him next time you need HVAC help.
A good contractor may cost a little more but will save you money in the long run as you’ll need fewer repairs and your system will last much longer. That’s a good deal no one can argue with.