If you are renting, leasing or subletting a property, a long-term maintenance plan with an HVAC contractor may not make the most sense for you. Instead of getting locked into a long-term contract that financially obligates you to services and maintenance that you ultimately don’t need, find a personalized solution that works for you and your family.
Instead of signing up for a maintenance contract that is much longer than you need, it might be most beneficial to you to make your own, customized maintenance plan. More and more companies are offering this option - tailored plans made to specifically meet the needs of each individual customer, including renters. No matter what, you should have a go-to plumber/HVAC technician on hand in case of emergencies for your own safety and peace of mind.
Regular Filter Replacement is Key
Air filters need to be replaced, at a minimum, on an annual basis. Dust, dirt, and grime accumulate within the filters, thus rendering them unable to conduct any actual filtration.
You may notice a buildup of dust on your home’s surfaces, or your allergy/asthmatic symptoms may become more severe.
You may also observe the presence of dirt and dust on air intake valves in the ceiling of your home. Many homeowners may be tempted to clean the air intake valves using a vacuum hose attachment.
However, the best, most effective option is to hire an HVAC technician to replace the filter. Filters only last for so long; a filter’s specific lifespan is specified by the manufacturer and is printed on the packaging.
Investing in Professional Cleaning of Air Ducts
You can dust, use a Swiffer, use a vacuum with a hose attachment, stand on a ladder with a damp rag and more in an effort to clean your air ducts.
However, nothing compares to the quality of a cleaning that is professionally done.
The benefits of professional air duct cleaning include:
- The presence of fewer allergens and irritants in the air.
- Overall greater efficiency of the HVAC system.
- Filters need to be replaced less often, which saves money.
- A sterile environment.
- Problems with allergies and asthma are less frequent and less severe.
- Less accumulation of dust.
- A fresh smell circulates throughout the house.
Air Quality & Your Health
If you have any issues with breathing caused by allergies, asthma or emphysema or otherwise, you understand the importance of breathing clean, filtered, purified air.
The air inside a house is directly affected by the air outside a house. As winter moves into spring, you will notice the increased presence of pollen and other allergens inside your home.
These irritants can wreak havoc on your health, causing everything from severe allergies to asthma attacks. The best way to combat the high amount of pollen in the air is with a high-quality, effective and efficient filtration system.
Ideally, your HVAC system filters these inflammatory allergens out of the air to prevent you from breathing them in. This emphasizes the importance of the need to make sure your HVAC system, including its filtration components, are in good working order.
If you’re constantly on the move and don’t want to be bound by a long-term contract but still need the services of a reliable HVAC technician, you have the option of designing a customized plan that works for you.