The summertime can be a very enjoyable time of year, as long as you have a functional air conditioner in your home. It can be easy to take this modern miracle for granted because so many homes and businesses have central air. But all you need to do is go without air conditioning for a day or night in the middle of the summer. You quickly remember just how important this feature is to your overall comfort and happiness. And with that in mind, you will agree that comfort is a significant reason why you should have an annual AC inspection. But there are several other good reasons that you might be forgetting.
Keep Your Energy Cost Down
Your AC system uses electricity to keep your home comfortable. And in fact, the HVAC system is the largest consumer of electricity in most homes. But it is important to note that the amount of energy your AC uses depends entirely on its efficiency. And just like humans, an AC should have a regular check-up each year to be sure it is in good health.
During an annual inspection, an AC pro will perform many tasks to ensure that your AC is ready to do its job. Some of these tasks include:
- Visual inspection of the ductwork
- Cleaning and changing of filters
- Lubrication of moving parts
- Testing of controls
- Checking the calibration of the thermostat
- Inspecting all electrical connections
More Bang For Your Buck
An air conditioning system is a significant investment. And you want to get as many years of service as possible from your AC. The best way to ensure its longevity is with regular maintenance and service. The inspection and service tasks listed above allow your HVAC specialist to look at each and every component in the system. And during this process, they will discover any small issues that can be easily repaired before they turn into massive damage that is very expensive to fix. You take your car in for a tune-up regularly, and your AC deserves the same treatment.
Better Air Quality
In addition to cooling the air in your home, your AC circulates the air. And while that is a good thing, it can have some drawbacks if it is not correctly maintained and cleaned. Dust and pollutants accumulate in various parts of the system and need to be removed with a good cleaning. If the filters are not replaced regularly and the ducts cleaned, you and your loved ones could suffer from health issues such as :
- Asthmatic attacks
- Frequent colds
- Respiratory problems
- Eye, nose, and throat irritations
The Safety Of Your Home
While you might think that your AC is only for human benefit, and maybe that of your domestic pets, your home also benefits from its cooling service. In very hot climates, floors, walls, and other building materials can be damaged by extreme heat. If you were to go on vacation and turn off your air conditioning for a week or two, you would discover severe damage to your home when you return. Wood will begin to crack. Drywall can crack and even start to disintegrate, and flooring will warp. You could also find that doors and windows have warped and will no longer open properly.
Your Peace Of Mind
Sure, you will spend a little money on an annual AC inspection. But look at that money as an investment in the system and your peace of mind. You will know that once the hot weather rolls into town, you are ready to flip a switch and know that your air conditioning will cool your home. And you will also know that the system will continue to function correctly throughout the entire summer.
Nothing is worse than suffering through a day or two with no AC. And for children and elderly loved ones, excessive heat can even increase the potential for health problems like difficulty breathing and dehydration. Don’t risk your safety or that of your loved ones. Call (318) 202-9144 to schedule your annual AC inspection. The pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing will evaluate your system and provide a free no-obligation price quote for any needed repairs.