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The role of HVAC maintenance in home comfort

Lindsay Paramore | 02/18/2016 | Posted in Heating, Cooling

You rely on your Seattle heating and cooling system for home comfort throughout the year. While you know to call your HVAC technician if you experience trouble with your furnace, heat pump, boiler, or air conditioner, this type of service is a reactive step taken to address problems that already exist. By contrast, HVAC maintenance is a preventive step that can minimize or even eliminate the risk of a major breakdown that requires reactive service, as well as lower your energy costs overall by ensuring your HVAC system does not lose efficiency over time. Your home HVAC technician can help you decide which type of maintenance plain is best for your ongoing energy savings and home comfort.


Better efficiency

HVAC efficiency is essential when it comes to enjoying comfort at home. A furnace or air conditioner that is not efficient will both consume more energy to generate heated or cooled air, as well as perform poorly when distributing that conditioned air to the rest of your home. This may result in an entire home that is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, or in uneven heating and cooling that leaves some areas of your home comfortable while others feel unbearable. A perfectly-tuned HVAC system will deliver conditioned air effectively throughout your home, while running for shorter periods of time and consuming less energy overall to do so. This means you can easily maintain the even, comfortable home environment you expect with the least strain on your system, and without the need to constantly adjust your thermostat in an attempt to keep your home heated or cooled comfortably.

Better air quality

The condition of your HVAC system also affects the air quality in your home. When your HVAC system is dirty or its air filter has become clogged, your heating and cooling system will circulate that dirt and dust throughout your living spaces, causing a higher incidence of asthma, allergies, and eye, nose, throat, and mouth irritation, even in healthy family members. Dirty or water-damaged ducts and HVAC appliances can even harbor mold, bacteria, or viruses, circulating these microorganisms as well during function and posing an additional risk to your health and comfort. Finally, a dirty and dusty HVAC system will make your home appear dustier as well, detracting from its look and requiring you to spend more time cleaning, rather than enjoying your home and its furnishings in comfort.

Better performance

HVAC maintenance is the key to long-term system performance. Many HVAC appliances lose efficiency quickly over time when they are not maintained, and are also at higher risk for a major breakdown that can leave your home without heating or cooling at the coldest or hottest times of year. Investing in HVAC maintenance means investing in your future home comfort by drastically lowering the chances of a major heating or cooling breakdown that could leave your family uncomfortable during extreme weather for the hours or days it takes to repair or even replace a damaged appliance.

Our Guardian Maintenance Club offers precision tune-ups for your home so you can enjoy the longevity, performance, and efficiency you expect from your HVAC system. If you’d like to learn more about caring for your heating and cooling system’s needs, please read through our blog for additional tips and information to help you save time and money. You can also reach an HVAC technician on our website for personalized advice on maintenance, repair, and installation service in the Seattle area.

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