Every HVAC system needs some TLC! The parts in most HVAC systems only last 15-25 years. A worn or malfunctioning part affects the performance of the entire system, resulting in inefficient operation, higher energy bills and a shorter service life. Depending on the type of system, some factors will impact HVAC efficiency more than others.
The best and most economical step that you can take to optimize HVAC efficiency is to enroll in a preventive maintenance plan. Proper maintenance includes checks and adjustments for each operating part as well as diagnostics that analyze the effectiveness of the entire system. Potential problems are addressed right then, preventing future problems.
Forced-Air Heating & Cooling Systems
Central HVAC systems rely on a branching network of air ducts to circulate conditioned air through your home or business. Over time, leaks and gaps can develop, particularly at connective points. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that up to 20% or more of the air that passes through ductwork can be lost to leakage. That’s 20 cents of every dollar that you spend on heating and cooling. A professional duct infiltration test can measure the amount of ductwork leakage. If results indicate a significant drop in pressure, sealing and insulating the ducts will eliminate leaks and substantially slow HVAC efficiency decline.
Dirty filters or evaporator coils in an air conditioner are also common problems that negatively affect the system’s performance. Heating systems that operate by burning natural gas, propane or oil depend on regular maintenance to keep them operating safely. Without proper care, the corrosive by-products generated during the combustion process can cause holes and leaks to develop. This not only wastes energy and drives up heating costs but can pose serious fire and health hazards as well.
Bruno Air Conditioning offers preventative maintenance for all of you HVAC needs. Contact us today to see how we can help you!