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February 25, 2019

5 benefits of HVAC preventative maintenance

By Jason Gassmann, President
HVAC technician performing preventative maintenance on a furnace
You routinely change the oil in your car and rotate the tires to keep it running smoothly. So, why ignore your HVAC system? HVAC preventative maintenance is key to extending the life of your heating and cooling system. It’s as simple as regularly changing your air filter and signing up for an annual maintenance contract. 
 
Here are five ways your HVAC system will thank you for the tune-up. 
 
 Longer life expectancy
Maintenance is an important step in extending the life of your heating and cooling system. A furnace or air conditioner can last up to 20 years — but not if it’s poorly maintained. Investing in preventative maintenance can save you time and money in the long run.
 
 
Home safety and comfort
During your biannual service appointment, the HVAC technician will clean your system and inspect its internal components. For example, the Bell Brothers preventative maintenance program includes checking the furnace, air conditioner, furnace filter replacement and carbon monoxide testing. Techs will take the time to explain what they find and will work to resolve the issue on the spot. 
 
Better indoor air quality
All the air in your home passes through the furnace filter. Simply changing the furnace filter removes the trapped dirt, pollen and allergens from your home. Disposable 1-inch filters should be changed monthly, while high-efficiency filters need to be changed every six months to one year. 
 
 
Lower energy costs
An inspection from a professional service technician ensures your HVAC system is working at peak efficiency. If not properly cleaned every year, your system could be losing up to 40 percent of its energy efficiency! Properly maintaining your system is the best thing you can do to keep your energy bills down.
 
Reliable operation 
When the Iowa humidity kicks in, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. The air conditioner includes an inside and outside air unit. It’s important to clear debris from the cooling coils on the outside unit to keep the system running properly. A plugged coil is the primary reason air conditioners fail in the hot, summer months. A service technician will clean the system’s cooling coils during your bi-annual maintenance appointment.
 
When the air conditioner takes center stage, your furnace sits idle for about six months. This allows dirt and dust to accumulate in the system components, which prevents your furnace from running its best. If you turn the system on in the fall without properly cleaning the fans, that dirt and dust will blow right back into your home. Internal system maintenance is best left to a professional service technician; it’s a messy job and can damage your system if it’s not done properly.
 
Let Bell Brothers help keep your HVAC system running efficiently and reliably all year long. Give us a call at 515-244-8911 or contact us online to schedule your next HVAC preventative maintenance appointment.