According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is estimated that over a quarter of the amount of energy used for heating or cooling is wasted. If you’re a homeowner in Northwest Indiana or the south suburbs of Chicagoland, it is hard to swallow that so much energy is lost on cold, snowy days of winter or the hot, humid days of summer. Now that you know that you are wasting energy, have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected by a professional HVAC company. The technicians will carefully explain what needs to be done so you can have a more energy efficient HVAC system.
How Often Should the HVAC System be Maintained?
Most professionals recommend that you have your HVAC cleaned and inspected at least once per year, preferably twice a year, mainly if you reside in very hot or very cold parts of the country. On average, the life of an HVAC system, which includes the furnace and the air conditioner is about 15 years. However, if you are diligent and have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected once or twice a year, it will last longer. If your HVAC is over 20 years old, it is time to think about replacing the entire system.
What Can be Done to Restore Energy Efficiency?
A qualified HVAC technician is trained to look at various components that are known to rob energy from the system. Your technician will check the following parts within your HVAC system to make sure it is clean and in good shape:
- Evaporator Coil. Particles can build up on the coils and reduce air flow throughout the HVAC system. Your technician can clean the coils, and that will restore better air flow through the system.
- Heating Coil. The same issue that can happen with the evaporator coil can arise with the heating coil. Many small passages can be obstructed with dust.
- Reheat Coil. Many furnaces have a reheat coil which is found near the end of the ducts, and it too can become less effective because of particle buildup. Once it is cleaned up, it will not waste as much energy.
- Turning Vane. The turning vane is where the air is moved in another direction, like turning a corner. Often the turning vane accumulates dust and other debris.
Contact Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning Today!
At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, our professional team of factory trained technicians is here to help you with all your HVAC needs! We have performed many furnace inspections for many home and business owners in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs in Chicago. Give us a call today at 708-339-6444, or send us a message using our contact form on our website.