Residential and commercial HVAC preventative maintenance both have essentially the same benefits: lower costs. This comes in a variety of forms, but the moral of the story is that the cost of a preventative maintenance plan from your HVAC provider is entirely outweighed by the benefits. A proactive approach is the only approach to take if a building owner wants to avoid the frustration and extra costs of a faulty system.
A Zero-Downside Practice – The Benefits of HVAC Preventative Maintenance
Creating an HVAC maintenance schedule with your HVAC service provider is the definitive way to save money in the long run. There are four key benefits to doing this, but first let’s clear the air—a preventative maintenance plan isn’t free.
Sometimes the cost is rolled into an installation agreement and other times it’s a recurring service fee, but the end product is peace of mind. Peace of mind like knowing your system isn’t going to fail in the dead of winter. Peace of mind that an expensive, whole-system replacement isn’t going to appear out of nowhere. Peace of mind that your system is being optimized so your utility bills aren’t wildly overpriced month to month.
Let’s break down each of these in greater detail.
Lower Your Risk of Failure
Very few things are more expensive than a catastrophic HVAC system failure. If a residential AC unit needs to be replaced, the cost isn’t hundreds of dollars. It’s thousands. For commercial units, the costs can put a major dent into your bottom line.
That isn’t even including a loss of productivity due to closures. If it’s the middle of the summer and your store is approaching 100 degrees, even regular customers are bound to stay out. A preventative maintenance plan is designed to catch small issues before they balloon into catastrophes.
Reduced Future Repair Costs
Even if a system doesn’t outright fail before a repair is necessary, costs are going to be higher than they otherwise would have been if a system had been maintained over the years. Preventative maintenance plans facilitate a drip of repair costs, rather than a waterfall.
The benefit here isn’t only that future repair bills can be reduced, but that costs become more predictable. Unpredictable expenses are the enemy of growth, particularly for small businesses with narrower margins.
Decrease Utility Bills
Commercial and residential preventative maintenance agreements are critical to optimizing your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. Utility bills will naturally vary from month to month, but a system that is regularly inspected and cared for will be able to take on the seasons in stride.
HVAC systems are virtually guaranteed to lose efficiency over time. Any mechanical system will experience normal wear and tear. The rate of that decline, though, is controllable. Regular checkups will ensure that minor issues can be corrected and adjustments can be made.
The effective life of your system isn’t necessarily defined as the time until your unit shuts down. Rather, it can be thought of as the time your unit can operate efficiently without having to be replaced.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality control is important to ensure that everyone inside is breathing healthy air instead of dust and allergens. The HVAC system is the only real barrier between dirty outdoor environments and clean indoor air. Sure, the “fresh air” outside is wonderful, but when it’s circulating in a closed off, indoor environment, problems can arise.
Preventative maintenance plans are not limited to repairs. They include seasonal adjustments, air filter changes, and other concerns that optimize a system for the time of year. Preventative maintenance can even help to reduce the overall number of sick days employees need to take.
Preventative maintenance has no downside. It’s as simple as that. Breathe cleaner air and save money with John’s Service and Sales.
It’s Time to Give Us a Call
Whether we installed your system originally or you are new to the region, it’s never too late to start a preventative maintenance agreement with John’s Service and Sales. After our initial inspection, you will be well on your way to a sustainable and predictable HVAC system.
We’ve been serving Illinois businesses and residents for nearly 60 years and have developed a reputation as one of the most reliable contractors in the area. Give us a call today.