Modern heating and cooling systems have their start in the 1850s, when the radiator was invented by Franz San Galli. It should come as no surprise, since he was living in St. Petersburg at the time. Even with their long history, heating and cooling units are far from perfect. It is estimated that approximately four million air conditioners failed during the summer of 2009. One way that you can extend the life of your heating and cooling products is to perform regular HVAC maintenance. Or, at the very least, contract with someone who will.
- Did you know that heating and cooling are responsible for 45% of the average household energy bill?
- Even so, an excessive heating or cooling bill can be a sign that your HVAC is working overtime, and is in need of attention. As part of regular maintenance, check filters monthly. If they are dirty, then they could be putting additional stress on your HVAC and affecting its efficiency.
- Are you getting way too hot in the summer?
- Dirty evaporator coils can mean that your air conditioning will no longer have as much cooling capacity. Additionally, a blocked evaporation coil could mean a reduction in the lifespan of your unit, as the Freon inside will freeze.
- Did you know that in America, half of the energy on the grid is generated by coal?
- However, there is a reason that people are not just burning coal in their own homes to generate heat. If you want to avoid contaminants from the use of your system from poisoning your home, HVAC maintenance should include flushing ducts, and checking for gas or Freon leakages. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system will help keep it running efficiently, which in turn will reduce its consumption of energy.
Remember that heating and cooling repair may be necessary if you do not keep up with HVAC maintenance. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Take steps to make sure your HVAC continues to do each of those things well throughout its life.