3 Ways Dirty HVAC Systems Cost You Money
Throughout the year, your HVAC system works to keep you comfortable. With just a push of the button, your home is cool, hot, or just right. However, just because your system is out of sight and functioning normally doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. You should check it regularly and make efforts to remove dirt and dust that collect around it. Here are three reasons to keep your HVAC system clean and save money in the process.
Grime Buildup Leads to Damage
A little dirt and dust won’t make much of a difference to your HVAC system, right? No, not until it builds up into something that clogs your drains, stops airflow through the filters, and leads to a complete breakdown. Unfortunately, many homeowners ignore their HVAC systems until the buildup reaches this critical level.
If this happens to you, not only will you have to pay more for an HVAC specialist to fix the problem immediately, but you might also have to pay thousands of dollars or fix or replace the system. Instead, make sure you schedule regular maintenance with your local HVAC company. In the same way that dentists do a deep clean to find problems early, your HVAC technician will make sure your system is performing at its best. When you compare the price of a new system with the cost of maintenance, it’s worth scheduling regular maintenance to keep your system clean.
Clogged Filters Increase Energy Bills
The Department of Energy says the average household spends $2,200 per year on energy bills, but replacing your filter regularly can lower your energy cost by 15 percent. This means you can save $300 annually just by switching out a $15 filter every other month. When an air filter gets clogged, your HVAC system has to work harder to move air. That means your system will run longer and use more energy, driving up your expenses. This stress also weighs on the HVAC system and can cause it to break down years before it reaches the end of its expected lifespan.
Dirty HVAC Units Spread Allergens Throughout the Home
As your HVAC unit works harder to move air through a dirty filter, airborne contaminants start circulating through your home. While you can’t see them, particles of dead skin cells and pollen float through the air, where you inhale them through your nose and mouth. This can increase the risk of asthma attacks, contribute to allergy problems, and compromise your immune system.
Can you afford to take a sick day or three? Can you afford for your kids to get sick, causing you to miss work while they’re out of school? Sickness prevention starts with clean air and a well-maintained HVAC system.
As you can see, there are direct and indirect ways for your HVAC system to affect your wallet. From health risks over time to a sudden breakdown, you’ll end up paying more if your system isn’t properly maintained. By replacing the air filter regularly and scheduling regular cleaning sessions, you’ll be happier and more comfortable for years to come.
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