If you live in a new home construction, there’s an excellent chance that you have a ducted heating and cooling system. This is because 90% of new homes within the United States have these types of systems installed. While some homeowners may have opted to have ducted systems installed in their existing homes, older houses may still have outdated units. Regardless of the type of HVAC system you have, regular maintenance is essential to ensure a healthier home environment and to maximize energy usage.
The Importance of Regular HVAC Maintenance
When HVAC systems are not properly maintained, this can potentially have an adverse effect on a household’s health. This is particularly the case for individuals with allergies and asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported that the following percentage of Americans come into contact with substances that can affect their health:
- Dust mites: 80%
- Pet dander: 60%
HVAC systems pull in a variety of contaminants and air pollutants. This polluted indoor air may include household chemicals, pet dander, pet hair, and dust. It’s important to note that these substances are then re-circulated between five-to-seven times a day. When these substances build up over time, it can create issues for one or more individual’s overall health.
Another important reason to change HVAC filters and handle other maintenance issues is due to contaminant build-up. When this occurs, it forces the system to work harder in order to function. The U.S. Department of Energy reported that as much as 25% to 40% of a household’s energy is literally wasted when heating and cooling systems are not being well-maintained.
Schedule a Maintenance Inspection With Your HVAC Contractor
Whether you have an energy-efficient HVAC unit, a ducted, or ductless system, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance so these systems operate efficiently. Experts recommend, for example, that air ducts should be cleaned every three-to-five years. Air filters should be changed at least once every three months.
During your maintenance appointment, your HVAC contractor will be able to answer any questions that you may have about your system as well as take care of necessary repairs. Your HVAC contractor will also be able to discuss ways to increase your home’s indoor air quality. At this time, you may choose to have your existing system upgraded to an energy-efficient model.