Owning a home comes with many responsibilities to keep it in good working order. Maintaining your HVAC system is perhaps one of the most important tasks to keeping you comfortable in your house – it is, after all, in control of the temperature and humidity in your home. That’s why many homeowners choose to enroll in a pre-paid maintenance plan with an HVAC company so they don’t have to think about making appointments or setting up a schedule. They just set up the plan with their service company and forget it until the twice a year maintenance checks come up on their calendar. If that sounds good to you, here’s what it takes to create a comprehensive HVAC maintenance plan – one that can help you maintain your HVAC system and keep it running smoothly for years to come.
Hire The Right Company
When making a plan for your home’s HVAC, the first step should be to hire a company you trust and know has a reputation for excellent service. Get recommendations, check reviews, make sure they’re established and have been around for a while, because that means they are more likely to be in business in the future, too. Ask if the company has emergency staff that can come 24 hours a day, if needed. Ask if you can speak to the tech about learning more about your system and maintaining it in between service calls. Getting a company that can provide a comprehensive service is what you are looking for.
Want to know more about what it takes to get the right person for the job? We’ve put together a guide on picking the best HVAC pro here.
Get Regular Maintenance Checks
Once you know who to hire, they can help you come up with a comprehensive HVAC plan for your home. Almost all homeowners should get maintenance checks done at least twice a year on their HVAC system, preferably before the heating and cooling season starts (spring and fall).
Most HVAC manufacturers recommend getting the equipment cleaned, inspected, and calibrated. Doing the basics can help keep your system running longer and more efficiently. Regular checks also help you save money on repair and replacement costs, because you are ensuring it stays running in good order twice a year.
A comprehensive plan, or one that includes all the bells and whistles, will also include a filter change or upgrade, inspection and cleaning of the evaporator coil and condensing unit coil, and belt changes. A professional may also perform diagnostics on your HVAC unit and around your home to make sure every room is being heated properly, ducts are working and not leaking, and your home is at the utmost efficiency for your unit.
Many of the pre-paid comprehensive maintenance plans include all service and labor built into the cost of the plan, so you won’t need to worry about extra out-of-pocket costs unless it comes time to replace your whole unit. Be sure to check with your company’s plan, but it can bring comfort knowing there will be no additional money needed when calling for emergency service.
Do your homework and make a plan and you’ll get that sense of security that come rain or shine, you’ll be comfortable inside your home.