You routinely change the oil and rotate the tires on your car to keep it running smoothly. So, why ignore your HVAC system? Preventive maintenance is critical to the life of your heating and cooling system. It’s as simple as regularly changing your air filter and signing up for an annual maintenance contract.

Here are five ways your HVAC system will thank you for the tune-up.

1. Longer life expectancy

      Maintenance is an important step in extending the life of your heating and cooling system. A furnace or air conditioner can last up to 20 years — but not if it’s poorly maintained. Investing in preventative maintenance can save you time and money in the long run.

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      2. Home safety and comfort

        During your biannual service appointment, the HVAC technician will clean your system and inspect its internal components. For example, the Bell Brothers preventive maintenance program includes checking the furnace and air conditioner, replacing filters and carbon monoxide testing. Techs will take the time to explain what they find and work to resolve the issue on the spot.

        3. Better air quality

          All the air in your home passes through the furnace filter. Simply changing the filter removes trapped dirt, pollen and allergens from your home. Disposable 1-inch filters should be changed monthly, while high-efficiency filters need to be changed every six months to one year.

          4. Lower energy costs

            An inspection from a professional service technician ensures your HVAC system is working at peak efficiency. If not properly cleaned every year, your system could be losing up to 40 percent of its energy efficiency! Properly maintaining your system is the best thing you can do to keep your energy bills down.

            5. Reliable operation

              When the Iowa humidity kicks in, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. The air conditioner includes an inside and outside air unit. It’s important to clear debris from the cooling coils on the outside unit to keep the system running properly. A plugged coil is the primary reason air conditioners fail in the hot, summer months. A service technician will clean the system’s cooling coils during your bi-annual maintenance appointment.

              While the AC takes center stage, your furnace sits idle for about six months. This allows dirt and dust to accumulate in the system components, which prevents your furnace from running its best. If you turn the system on in the fall without properly cleaning the fans, that dirt and dust will blow right back into your home. Internal system maintenance is best left to a professional service technician; it’s a messy job and can damage your system if it’s not done properly.

              We recently launched a Loyalty Rewards Program that makes annual maintenance worth remembering. The more consecutive HVAC maintenance agreements you sign with us, the more credit you earn toward a future system purchase when that time comes.

              Bell Brothers wants to help keep your HVAC system running efficiently and reliably all year long. Give us a call at 515-244-8911 or contact us online to schedule your next HVAC preventive maintenance appointment.