Summer in Portland brings to mind sunny days, outdoor adventures, and the occasional sweat-drenched T-shirt. If you’re like most Portland homeowners, your air conditioning is one of the few things standing between you and the dog days of summer. But did you know regular maintenance is important to help ensure that your A/C works when you need it? Here are some of the benefits of regular A/C tune-ups and maintenance.
Extend the life of your A/C
Just like any other appliance or machine, regular maintenance can help extend the life of your air conditioning system. A well-maintained A/C unit can last up to 20 years, while a neglected one may need to be replaced in as little as 10 years. This longevity is due, in part, to a technician’s ability to identify and fix minor issues before they turn into major problems. Also, regular cleaning and air filter replacement will help prevent dirt and debris buildup.
Improved air quality
A/C tune-ups may improve your home’s indoor air quality. In particular, a dirty air filter can trap allergens, dust, and bacteria, making your home’s air less breathable and more harmful to your health. Additionally, a clean filter will help remove the smoke and haze from the Canadian wildfires as outdoor air circulates into your home. Finally, the ductwork of your air conditioning unit can harbor mold, mildew, and other toxic substances that can exacerbate respiratory ailments. During a routine tune-up, a technician will check the filter and inspect the ductwork.
Regular maintenance can help the unit to run efficiently, meaning lower energy consumption. Optimally running equipment requires less energy to keep your home cool, reducing your monthly energy bills. Additionally, an efficient system can prevent your unit from working harder than it needs to. This means your equipment will use less energy, resulting in cost savings and freeing up your budget for other summer treats.
The last thing you want to experience on a sweltering day is your A/C breaking down. Regular maintenance can help identify and fix issues before they cause a major malfunction. Typically, scheduling a tune-up before the summer season will ensure your system is ready to handle the hottest days of the year. But better late than never.
Maintaining your A/C unit may seem like a hassle, but the benefits far outweigh the cost of neglecting the system. If you’re not sure when the last time your A/C underwent maintenance or you’re experiencing problems with the air conditioning system in your Portland, Oregon area home, it is time to call in the pros at Heat Relief. Call us at (503) 877-1713 to schedule your tune-up today! Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.