Many HVAC companies offer maintenance plans as part of their service lineup. An HVAC maintenance plan ensures ongoing care from a specific contractor for your air conditioner, furnace or heat pump. Service agreements provide AC maintenance every spring and heat pump or furnace maintenance every fall, and many come with money-saving perks. Here are five reasons why adding an HVAC maintenance agreement to your budget makes good sense financially:

1. You’ll Never Miss a Tuneup

It’s easy to forget about HVAC maintenance, and if you put it off, months can quickly pass before you finally get around to scheduling it. By that time, it’s already well into summer or winter, and your heating or cooling system has been running full blast without an annual checkup. It’s no secret that the foundation of HVAC health is regular service. The longer your equipment goes without a tuneup, the more likely it is to need repairs or to even give out completely. When an air conditioner, furnace or heat pump is deprived of service, it operates under stress. The more stress, the more wear and tear on your equipment.

2. You’ll Nip Problems in the Bud

Studies have shown that up to 95 percent of HVAC repairs could be prevented with annual equipment servicing. These repairs stem from minor problems that would have been a quick fix early on. During HVAC maintenance, your service technician will conduct a complete inspection to ensure that all components of your HVAC are operating properly. If problems are detected, they can be corrected before they become serious. Annual HVAC inspections can save you hundreds of dollars on HVAC repair costs.

3. You’ll Improve Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the key to managing utility bills. The more efficient your HVAC, the less you’ll pay to operate it. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, tuned-up HVAC systems perform at peak capacity. A system that’s performing optimally can reduce energy costs by up to 40 percent. During maintenance, your technician will clean your equipment thoroughly. After a year of heavy use, HVAC systems are often coated with grease and grime that interferes with efficient operation and causes utility bills to rise. A clean system is an efficient system; with a service contract, you’ll have heating and cooling equipment that’s always performing optimally.

4. Your HVAC Equipment Will Have a Longer Life

When you take good care of something, it lasts longer. Heat pumps, air conditioners and furnaces are pricey items, so you want them to go the distance. When these systems are coated with grit and grime, they are unable to perform properly. That takes a toll on your heating and cooling equipment, and although everything may seem fine, your HVAC will still be working harder than it’s meant to. If furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners are constantly overworking to keep up with demand, their lifespan can be significantly shorter. That means system replacement, and a new installation can rip a hole in your budget. With a service agreement, you can rest assured that regular heating and AC maintenance will give your HVAC equipment everything it needs to live a long and healthy life.

5. You Can Save on Parts and Labor

Many HVAC contractors offer discounts on parts and labor as part of their service agreements. This reduces repair costs when something does go wrong and removes some of the sting from paying an HVAC repair bill. Maintenance plans often include other perks like no overtime or emergency service charges. This is a welcome benefit when you want a problem fixed quickly without having to pay extra for priority service.

Air Treatment, Inc. offers maintenance plans for residential and commercial customers in Greensboro and surrounding communities. To learn more about having healthy HVAC on a tight budget, visit Air Treatment, Inc., or call (336) 790-3206 for details.

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