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Do you stop to think about how preventative heating and air conditioning service could save you a lot more than just money?
We think about it all the time at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, but we know that our customers have plenty of other things to think about.
Preventative maintenance for a home’s HVAC equipment isn’t free, but many providers will sweeten the deal a little so that homeowners know that they are indeed taken care of.
Plus, you can’t put a price on the peace of mind you’ll gain knowledge that summer, winter, spring and fall, your system won’t pick the most inopportune time to break down. Systems get overloaded during heatwaves and when we are hosting many people over the holidays. Now, throw in an emergency air conditioning service, and that’s going to be one unhappy day…or week.
Here, we’ll go over what’s included in a typical HVAC service plan, plus the benefits of an HVAC service plan and our best recommendations for choosing a service plan provider. You don’t have to choose One Hour Air Conditioning Service and Heating, but we do hope that if you own your own home and, therefore, your HVAC unit, that you take care of it so that it can take care of you for the duration of its warranty, and beyond.
We hope that by helping you understand what these contracts are and what they offer, you can make a more informed choice.
An HVAC service contract is an agreement between you and an HVAC service provider where you pay an annual fee to guarantee the company’s ongoing services for your home’s HVAC system. In addition to annual visits to check the “vital signs” of your system, the company may offer you discounts on services and parts, free filters, or additional services, like a fireplace assessment.
A Quick Note on Filters
Manufacturers offer filters of different ratings, meaning they are graded on the MERV scale. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (“how effective is your air filter?”) and filters that rate highest will collect a more significant percentage of the airborne contaminants that pass through the unit. Filters pick up all kinds of particles, like pollen, dust mites, textile and carpet fibers, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria and tobacco smoke. Many homeowners choose filters with a MERV rating between five and eight, while hospitals and hospice centers want only the highest-rated filters. High-rated filters aren’t the best when what you are concerned about is airflow. Reducing the air flow in your system can actually worsen the air quality in a home. Like restricted blood vessels will raise blood pressure and put a damaging amount of pressure on the heart, so will restrictive filters put pressure on the furnace or AC system. Do you know off-hand the MERV rating of the filters you choose or does your HVAC technician choose them for you?
Beyond those perks, here are a few unique benefits to having annual maintenance checks.
- Improved energy efficiency, and reduced risk of unexpected maintenance problems
- Better efficiency means cost savings, as seen on your utility bill.
- Peace of mind that emergencies won’t throw your life into chaos.
- Extension on the life of your equipment, almost always beyond the duration of the warranty. Sweet!
If you’ve ever felt dread over your AC making a loud noise or cooling rooms to differing degrees, then you can imagine how good that must feel to take that pressure off and hand the reigns over to a qualified professional air conditioning service.
The most glaring reason to have regular heating and air conditioning service, especially in Texas, is that we are prone to dangerous heatwaves. Many households have one or more vulnerable beings living inside—elderly, children, family members with compromising health conditions, and pets too—so there’s no way we should have a laisse-faire attitude about air conditioning.
To that point, you should also take a serious stance toward choosing a service provider.
- Do your research before you sign up for any service contract
- Always read the fine print before signing any HVAC service plan
- Ensure you find a reputable HVAC service provider
Did you know: Central air conditioning causes outdoor pollution to stay outside far better than leaving a window open. But it only works if the AC unit is properly maintained, an air conditioner can contribute to health problems from other sources.
Home climate control may feel nearly impossible in a Texas heatwave, but routine AC service calls will help maintain home comfort in the hottest of temperatures. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating offers those services and more. We can even show you the benefits of a ductless system, and provide a quote once we see the layout of your home.
Hire the Best in Fort Worth, TX for Heating and Air Conditioning Service
Are you currently on the hunt for a professional heating and air conditioning service in Fort Worth, TX for AC repair, installation or maintenance then we hope you consider One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, TX. We specialize in:
- Air Conditioning Installation
- Air Conditioning Maintenance
- Air Conditioning Repair
- Air Conditioning Service
- Central Air
- Duct Systems
- Ductless Systems
- Evaporative Cooling
- Forced Air
- Mini-Split Systems
- Zoned Systems
We encourage all of our customers to avoid getting to the point where the air conditioner is showing visible signs of wear and tear by keeping the AC unit clean, changing the filter regularly and keeping the condensation line clear. But one of the best preventative measures we know of is to have an annual maintenance check where all other components of the system can be evaluated and changed if necessary.
Having a reliable air conditioning service plan for your HVAC systems ensures that they will perform when you need them. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, TX has service plans to fit different levels of coverage and budgets. Schedule a maintenance appointment today with a One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating technician and prevent any future unexpected maintenance problems.