Your AC and furnace are integral parts of your home's comfort system, so you don't want to overlook their regular maintenance needs. These ongoing needs can seem expensive if you aren't sure what to expect or what to budget for. The following options can help you lower your HVAC system maintenance costs, while also ensuring the units are operating at peak condition.
#1: Buy In Bulk
Both AC units and furnaces have filters that require monthly replacement when the unit is in service. Although it may seem initially less expensive to simply buy a filter as you need it, you can actually save money by buying filters in multi-packs and keeping them on hand for when you need them. Not only does this save you on the initial price of the filters, it also makes it more likely that the will be changed on time since you already have new ones on hand. Prompt filter changes can extend the life of your HVAC units and help prevent some repairs.
#2: Sign Up for a Plan
HVAC maintenance or service plans are an excellent way to save money in the long run. These plans guarantee that all preventative maintenance care is done to the HVAC system on the proper schedule, which can minimize the need for expensive repairs or replacement in the future. They also offer discounts on key services your HVAC system will need.
The most basic of these plans usually provides for an inspection and tuneup of the HVAC units twice yearly. More detailed plans may offer additional checkups on your system, reduced or no cost labor on repairs, free filters or filter changes, and priority service for emergencies. You usually make a monthly payment for the plan or pay the entire cost of the plan for the year upfront.
#3: Report Problems Early
The final way to lower the service cost on your HVAC system is to report any issues early. Whether it's an AC unit that is cycling on and off more frequently than usual or a furnace that is blowing only lukewarm air, getting the problem looked at as soon as it begins is key. Some repairs are only minor if you catch them early, but they may become more expensive or necessitate the need for a full system replacement if you let them continue for too long. Even if the issue seems small and like something you can live with or ignore, schedule a checkup and repair. Consider getting in touch with Chappel's Heating & Cooling today.