BARBERTON, OH (November 2009) – It is that time of year again, the weather is cold and you’ve probably already had to turn your heat on. Like most people, we don’t think about our heating and cooling systems. We merely adjust the thermostat and look forward to it providing the home comfort that we expect. When this doesn’t happen we want an immediate solutions, especially if it’s really cold out! You might ask yourself, when was the last time you had your system serviced?

Most people wouldn’t dream of driving their car without performing regular oil changes and tune-ups, but they will go year after year without servicing their heating and cooling systems. According to Energy Star, a division of the EPA, “Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of heating and cooling system failure.” Your heating and cooling system, like your car, needs a tune-up to prevent breakdowns and unnecessary repairs.

Bill Blind, President of Blind & Sons states, “Your system requires a yearly maintenance check-up. This check-up will insure that your system is performing at its most efficient and providing optimum home comfort. A maintenance check-up will also extend the life of your equipment, increase cost effectiveness, and insure safe operations of your equipment.”

Did you know that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling? Making smart decisions on your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can increase the efficiency of your system and have a large affect on your utility bills. In fact, studies show that properly maintaining your heating and cooling systems can reduce energy bills by up to 35%!

When we turn on our central heating and air conditioning systems we expect them to be able to deliver the temperature we want to be comfortable in a variety of conditions and to deliver it all day long. If your HVAC unit is not maintained properly, it may be working too hard or inefficiently to deliver the comfort of a consistent air temperature.

We all, of course, want our heating and cooling system to last as long as possible. But just like a new car will decline in performance without regular maintenance, so will your heating and cooling system. According to Energy Star, a division of the EPA, your system will last several years longer with proper maintenance.

Blind states that many people avoid routine maintenance because of the expected high cost. You can get regular maintenance done on your equipment for around $150/year (and even less with multi-year agreements). Don’t wait until your air conditioner won’t cool or your furnace won’t ignite before you call for service. At this point you’ll typically pay more (because it’s an emergency call) and have to wait (because it’s usually around the hottest or coolest day of the year). Having your HVAC system put on a yearly maintenance schedule will pay for itself in lower repair costs, less aggravation, and more efficient operation.

One of the most important reasons to schedule routine maintenance is for safety – for you and your family. According to Blind, a typical maintenance check-up will include tightening all electrical connections, measuring the voltage and current on motors and checking for small holes in your system’s heat exchanger or firebox. These issues can be very dangerous … even fatal. Faulty electrical connections can cause shorts and unsafe operation, while carbon monoxide leaks or open flames in your living space can create fire or a serious health hazard.

According to Lennox, a manufacturer of HVAC systems, proper air conditioning maintenance can help your unit last decades. On the flip side, a neglected air conditioner loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep. Proper maintenance just makes good sense! You will increase the longevity of your heating and cooling system and the overall comfort of your home year round.

Blind & Sons
Blind & Sons is a family-owned business dedicated to providing total home comfort for their Northeast Ohio neighbors. Based in Barberton, Ohio, they have been in business since opening their doors in 1937. They are a full service company offering heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing and electrical products and services to the communities in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit their website at www.blindandsons.com.