Heating and cooling account for almost half of home energy use. Experts agree that regular maintenance on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems saves energy. Preventive HVAC maintenance can lower utility bills by up to 20 percent. Using less energy to operate a system in your Louisville, KY home saves money.

Uncorrected problems can result in using up to 60 percent more energy. Identifying small problems as they occur keeps them from getting bigger, more complex and more expensive to correct. That is why most manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment require seasonal maintenance by a licensed HVAC technician to keep warranties valid.

What Is Preventive HVAC Maintenance?

During preventive maintenance checkups, certified HVAC technicians inspect and calibrate each component of your system. This ensures that each element functions properly and contributes to the efficient operation of the entire system. Maintenance checkups examine:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Coils
  • Thermostat
  • Electrical connections
  • Condensate drain
  • Blowers and fans
  • Burners and ignitions
  • Heat exchangers
  • Controls
  • Air filters

Why Is Seasonal Maintenance Important?

No one wants their heater to stop working on a cold winter morning or their air conditioner to blow warm air on a hot summer day. Tuning up the air conditioner in the spring and the furnace in the fall before first use ensures that the system will be ready for operation when you need it.

Keeping air filters clean reduces energy usage by up to 15 percent. Dirty filters allow airborne contaminants to enter the system, coating coils, and other components. This reduces airflow and impedes heat exchange. The unit loses efficiency, costs more to operate and may eventually stop working.

Checking thermostat controls save energy. Setting back thermostats at night or when buildings are unoccupied are simple ways to improve efficiency. Improper refrigerant levels also affect energy usage. Keeping these components properly calibrated saves energy and money.

Birkhead Heating and Cooling Maintenance Plans

Birkhead Heating and Cooling has provided heating and air conditioning services since 1947. Our preventive maintenance plans include two tune-ups per year and expedited service if repairs are needed. Call to find out more about how a tune-up can save both money and energy.

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