Have you realized lately that it's been a while since your last HVAC maintenance? Do you fear that your HVAC system is experiencing a setback or going through wear and tear? If so, then you need to schedule routine HVAC maintenance for the entire unit. Doing so can help your system lasts as long as possible. It can also help you save on repair costs and avoid any setbacks to your family's comfort. Neglecting your HVAC maintenance can land you in a world of hurt. See below for several major reasons why you shouldn't neglect your HVAC maintenance any longer. 1. Raises Your Energy Bill There is a direct line between those that neglect their HVAC maintenance and the high monthly energy bills that they pay. Most homeowners don't realize it until they've been forking over unnecessary amounts of money for several months/years. One of the most common forms of HVAC neglect is when homeowners forget to replace their air filters. For best results, this should be done at least once a month, or whenever you notice that it's getting too dirty. The dirtier the filter is, the harder it is for air to flow through to the system. That causes the HVAC unit to work twice as hard to get your home at the desired temperature you've set the thermostat at. That extra work will lead to more energy expenditure which—in turn—will lead to higher monthly energy bills. This is commonplace for any form of HVAC neglect, not just forgetting to replace your air filter. The longer it goes without proper maintenance by a professional, the more energy it will exert to get the job done. That kind of production isn't sustainable. In time, it will lead to your HVAC system going out and needing to be replaced. 2. Unhealthy Air in Your Home Most people believe that air filters are only responsible for catching the dirt and dust that would otherwise get pushed through your HVAC system. However, that doesn't even begin to cover what the filter catches. The filter catches such things as: Mold Viruses Dust Mites Pet Fur Bacteria Dirt Dust Smoke Pollutants Exhaust Fumes Building Materials (such as fiberglass) Deodorizers Pesticides Paint Fumes The list goes on and on. Without a frequently clean air filter, all of those things listed are getting repeatedly blown into you and your family's air supply. Even worse, the declining air quality in your home can quickly lead to complications in your respiratory health. It can cause chronic headaches, consistent coughing, allergies, and can even cause asthma. Of course, the filter isn't the only guilty party. Without professional HVAC maintenance, things such as your AC coil and heat pump will fail at cleaning the air supply. If you've noticed that you and your family are having some breathing issues inside your home, schedule an appointment with a professional right away. They can take a look at your system and identify the issue. Of course, if you choose to schedule regular HVAC maintenance, they can prevent this before it becomes a health hazard to you and your family. 3. Costly Repairs Not to sound doom and gloom, but there are costly HVAC repairs that await you if you don't schedule frequent maintenance. In fact, those repairs will happen earlier (and more often) during the lifespan of your system without a professional keeping a watchful eye on it. As an HVAC expert will tell you, a small problem can quickly become a big one. What might start as a malfunction with your thermostat can turn into your AC system shutting down from overheating. Some of the issues can happen outside your home as well. Your HVAC system's condenser unit might be malfunctioning outside without you even knowing about it. Without a frequent checkup, there will be no way to identify the problem before a major repair is needed. 4. Shortened Lifespan Did you know that an HVAC system can last 15 years or longer with proper HVAC maintenance? Without it, it's safe to say your system won't last nearly as long. That means that you'll be paying for an HVAC replacement, which can cost thousands of dollars, far sooner than you had expected. Since an HVAC system isn't something you can go without, you'll have no choice but to pay the high costs right away. That cost could've been avoided for several more years while you saved up for it if you hadn't neglected HVAC system care. 5. You'll Worry About It Constantly You might try to shrug off HVAC maintenance, but you'll never forget about it. Any time that you hear a weird sound or don't feel cool air coming out of your AC, you'll worry that something is wrong. Why not schedule frequent HVAC maintenance instead? Doing so will give you total peace of mind. If there is an issue with the system, it will be identified and repaired before it becomes a larger issue. You'll save money in the long run and will be free of any unforeseen emergencies. If something was overlooked during the maintenance, the warranty will cover repairs Don't Put off HVAC Maintenance Any Longer Now that you have seen all of the different reasons why you shouldn't neglect your HVAC maintenance for your system, be sure to put it to good use. Schedule an appointment right away. That way, you will be informed of your system's current condition and any necessary repairs. Be sure to browse our website for more articles on HVAC maintenance, as well as many other helpful topics that you'll enjoy.