Proper care of your home’s heating /cooling system is essential for your comfort. Preventive maintenance is important for the life of the equipment and energy savings. We all know that saving energy equals saving money, right?
It’s a win-win situation. As the homeowner, you save energy, time and—money. But you also extend the life of your cooling/heating equipment –equaling more money savings. Can this get any better?
So, what should you look for when doing preventive maintenance? Here are the most common items that can retain efficiency and help you avoid costly repairs later on:
Cleaning out dirt and debris from air ducts is helpful in maintaining your system and will protect your heating and cooling equipment. There is an on-going debate over whether duct cleaning is truly a necessity. Duct cleaning is recommended by the EPA to inspect for and remove mold, dust build up or signs of vermin activity. If your system is equipped with fiberglass or flexible ductwork, replacing it may be to your benefit.
Sealing Your Home
One of the most effective ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort is to seal the home. This means looking at the outer “envelope” of the home: the doors, windows, ceilings and floors.
Caulk, foam spray or weather stripping can be used around windows and doors. Adding insulation to the attic is one of the most effective ways to seal a home.
Fact: An average of 20 percent of air that moves through the ducts is typically lost to leaks.
Sealing ducts can greatly improve the operating efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Sealing your home also provides an added benefit of blocking pests such as ants, scorpions, and rodents from invading your space.
For more information, or to schedule an annual inspection, contact Hobaica Services at 602-995-0387. Hobaica is a trusted industry leader and has been serving the Valley of the Sun since 1952.