The quality of the air that surrounds you is one of the most important factors in keeping everyone comfortable and healthy all year round. Maintaining your comfort levels and air quality in Florida is best done by keeping up with regular HVAC maintenance. Having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system, usually about twice a year, will keep the air you breathe clean and your energy costs low. An HVAC system that has a difficult time keeping up with the thermostat settings will result in higher energy bills, as well as negatively affecting your comfort level. Facilities that have proper HVAC maintenance completed regularly will use at least 15 to 20 percent less energy than those who have systems that have been allowed to deteriorate. It is estimated that the average HVAC system loses approximately 5 percent of its efficiency per year when not properly maintained. An HVAC system that is not running at its peak performance can result in health issues (think indoor air pollution) as well as higher energy costs. Air conditioning repair is also extremely costly; replacing an HVAC system is an unexpected cost that no one wants to deal with. More often than not your HVAC problems will probably happen on the hottest day of the summer, leaving you and your family extremely uncomfortable for a few days as you wait for the air conditioning repair to happen. It is better to be proactive than reactive, especially when it comes time to HVAC maintenance and repair. Having someone who specializes in Heating & Air Conditioning services come inspect and do maintenance on your system in both the fall and the spring, before using either the heating or the air-conditioning, will likely prevent many issues before they occur. Some might not consider preventative maintenance to be the most efficient way to spend their money, but when weighing all of the consequences and advantages of what could happen and benefits of maintenance, the decision is clear and tangibly noticeable. Heating inspections are very important as well as they prevent the possibility of fires or even carbon monoxide inhalation and poisoning. They are also a great way to make sure that your air filters are clean (like we do in our 28pt. inspection), so you and your family are not breathing in pollen or harmful airborne particles. A dirty filter that has been exposed to condensation can become damp, leading to mold growth that can be spread throughout the home by the HVAC system, which can possibly lead to serious health consequences ranging from an irritated respiratory system to a serious allergic reaction. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air that is inside the average home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Circulating pollutants throughout your home is obviously something that you would like to avoid, and regular HVAC maintenance can help ensure that you and your family are breathing well-conditioned, healthy and clean air. We’d like to leave you with this thought that reactive repairs, as opposed to the suggested regular maintenance, is the most costly way to maintain your system and can be prevented. Having someone who does air quality, air conditioning, and heating services inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit will prolong the life and increase your system’s efficiency, keeping your wallet and lungs happy for a long time.