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How to Save Money with Annual HVAC Maintenance

At J&M Air Conditioning and Heating, we often get asked the question – do I really need to service my HVAC system if there’s nothing wrong with it?

The short answer is – yes. Annual HVAC maintenance plays an important role in helping keep your heating and air conditioning equipment running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year. If you want to keep your home comfortable and get the most life out of your HVAC system, you’ll need to keep up with regular seasonal HVAC tune-ups. Read on to find out more about how annual heating and air conditioning maintenance can help you save more money over time.

How Annual HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

Just like your vehicle, your HVAC system needs routine maintenance to ensure all the parts are in working order and to keep the system running efficiently over time. Instead of an oil change and tire rotation, your heating and cooling system needs cleaning and lubrication as well as a thorough inspection to keep it running smoothly.

Here are just a few of the ways that annual HVAC maintenance can help save you money:

Keep System Running Efficiently

Routine HVAC maintenance helps keep your HVAC system running more efficiently. When your system is dirty or parts are worn and broken down, it makes it harder for your equipment to effectively cool and heat your home, which can cause you to waste energy on home comfort. With annual maintenance, you can make sure that your system is in tip-top shape, running as efficiently as possible. Ultimately, this translates to savings on your monthly energy bills.

Anticipate Repair Needs

Sometimes a simple repair can turn into a much larger, more complex, and costlier repair if left unattended for too long. During your annual HVAC maintenance visit, a qualified technician will check your system for any worn or malfunctioning parts. Catching these repair needs early can help you make sure that they don’t turn into more serious problems later on that end up costing you even more to fix.

Extend the Life of Your Unit

Annual HVAC maintenance can also help extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. By keeping your system clean, well lubricated, and free of any repair needs, you make it easier for the equipment to do its job – keeping your house comfortable year-round. The better you are to your HVAC system, the more life you will be able to get out of the equipment, saving you the costs involved in replacing your system prematurely.

HVAC Maintenance San Jacinto

If you’re living in the San Jacinto area, HVAC maintenance is simple with J&M Air Conditioning & Heating. Our team of HVAC experts help area residents stay comfortable year-round with routine HVAC maintenance services and heating and cooling repair and installation. See what San Jacinto locals are saying about us, and gives us a call when you’re ready to schedule your next service visit: (951) 663-4895.

Top Alternative Heating Options Available to Homeowners

Most homeowners rely on forced air heating units to heat their homes during the colder months, but there are several other options available. Listed below are our top picks for alternative heating options.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

For new construction, geothermal heating is an excellent choice. Geothermal heating works by utilizing the heat from the ground, which maintains a steady temperature between 45 to 75 ºF. Large coils of tubes are placed into the ground, and the tubes circulate water that heats up from the Earth’s temperature. The extracted heat from the water is then used to heat your home.

During cooler months the ground temperature itself can be much warmer than the outside air. Due to the ground already starting at a warmer temperature, it is much easier and more efficient for the system to reach the typical 70 ºF Temperature on your home’s thermostat. During warmer months, the system can also efficiently cool your home by using the earth as a heat sink, rather than a heat source. The initial investment of a geothermal heating system can be pretty substantial, but since this type of heating uses less energy, it can save you big money in the long run.

Pellet or Wood Burning Stoves

Depending on the size of your home, pellet or wood burning stoves can be a sensible choice for heating. You’ll need to purchase a stove that is appropriately sized to your home; otherwise, you’ll either be wasting energy, or your unit won’t big big enough to adequately heat your space. High efficiency models are now available which use less energy overall.

Both pellet stoves and wood burning stoves have their own pros and cons. For example, a pellet stove in general has fewer particle emissions, but may require electricity, making it vulnerable in times when the power goes out. Wood burning stoves, on the other hand, can be used without reliance on electricity, but you’ll need more wood than pellets to generate the same amount of heat.

Before considering having a wood or pellet stove installed, you’ll want to contact your local environmental office or codes department to find out the restrictions for wood burning or pellet stoves.

Solar Water Heating Systems

When looking for alternative heating options for your home, solar water heating is often a good choice. These types of heating systems utilize the sun’s energy and are available in a wide variety of designs. These variations are usually regarding the type of energy collector and circulation system the the heaters have. Options include:

  • Flat plate-collectors, usually made from copper tubing fitted to collecting plates
  • Batch-collectors, (or Integrated Collector Storage Systems) which both heat and store water in tanks and are not recommended for cold climates
  • Evacuated tube-collectors, which is the most efficient method of solar water heating as it is constructed in the same manner as a thermos, and therefore loses very little heat

If you’re in the market for an alternative to a forced air HVAC system, give us a call and learn how our services can help you with your heating needs.