By Anita Ginsburg
Your home's air conditioning system may be the last thing on your mind when it's cold outside, but you can get valuable benefits when you contact an HVAC company for professional AC maintenance during the winter months. Consider these four reasons to reach out for the inspection, cleaning and repair of your air conditioner before the summer heat arrives:
HVAC companies aren't as busy during the long days of winter as they are when the first warm days arrive. While they usually have a burst of activity when winter begins and always have emergency calls for furnace issues, their schedules are most predictable during the colder months. When you set up an appointment for AC maintenance and repair during the winter, you can get a booking that is convenient for you because crews have fewer last-minute jobs and more flexibility.
Having air conditioning maintenance performed in winter makes your system less likely to fail when you start it on the first warm day of the year, meaning you probably won't need an expensive emergency repair that is out of your budget. Off-season AC repair also allows your air conditioner to work more efficiently, saving on energy costs. When you need your AC unit, it will work optimally, even if there's an unexpected early heatwave.
A home heating and air conditioning system should last 12 to 15 years, but many systems fail sooner because they aren't maintained and repaired regularly. When your system stops working in the summer, you can be left without a way to keep your family comfortable. Regular air conditioner maintenance includes an inspection of all components and cleaning of the entire system, as well as replacement of parts that show potential for failure. Doing these things increases the reliable lifespan of your system and your home's usability.
Heater May Work Better
In many modern HVAC systems, the heater and the air conditioner share components, including a blower fan that regulates indoor airflow. If your system includes shared components, off-season air conditioning maintenance can improve the performance and energy-efficiency of your furnace or heater too, especially if you didn't have any components serviced before winter began. Ideally, your HVAC system should be checked at the beginning of both the winter and summer seasons.
While it may be hard to think about your air conditioning on a cold winter day, that may be the best time to get service on your schedule. It can save you money, help prevent failure when you need your air conditioner the most and potentially even make your heater work better. No matter how it feels outside today, summer's hot temperatures will come soon...they always do!
Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colorado. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. She recommends getting air conditioning maintenance and repair done during the off season. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.