How Often Should I Get My HVAC System Inspected?
Our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, also known as HVAC, are easy to forget about when they are working correctly and impossible to ignore when they are not. From ancient civilizations, like the Egyptian and Roman empires, which used water vapor to cool personal living spaces to the modern air conditioning units we use today, humanity has been trying to separate itself from the harsh elements.
In 1902 Willis Carrier developed what became the modern air conditioning system when he invented a device to treat the air inside of a printing plant. One hundred years later, 86% of homes in the United States use some form of temperature control. Our HVAC systems work around the clock to keep us comfortable.
Now there are several types of residential HVAC systems you can choose from to keep your house’s temperature in control.
Types of HVAC Systems
The modern HVAC has four primary functions: heat the home during cold weather, cool the home during hot weather, manage the amount of humidity in the house and filter the air that enters the living space.
There are several different configurations of HVAC to use that can keep your home environment under control. The climate of your residence will have an impact on what type of system you will need. Here are four common types of setups seen in residential settings:
- Heating and Cooling Split System
- This is the most common type of residential HVAC. The system splits between two central units, one for heating and the other for cooling. The cooling unit remains outside, and the heating unit is usually inside.
- Hybrid Split System
- The hybrid split system is growing in popularity across the US because of its energy efficiency. It can switch between gas and electric power.
- Duct Free or Mini-Split System
- A mini-split system has HVAC units in each room, allowing for the most control. While this is the most expensive route that requires the most upkeep, it also allows for energy conservation by only heating and cooling rooms that are in use.
- Packaged Heating and Air
- This HVAC is the most niche of the four categories, keeping the entire system within the living space. It is efficient and easily maintained. People who live in warmer climates, who don’t rely heavily on the heating portion, typically use this system.
How Often Should I Check My HVAC System?
How often you check your HVAC system is dependent on several variables:
- The age of your HVAC system. The older your HVAC system is, the more it will need to be checked. A serviced technician can check units that are less than ten years old annually or every other year. Most residential HVACs are designed to last 12-15 years. Once yours hits double digits, you may want to have it inspected every six months.
- What type of HVAC system you own. If properly installed, full-sized residential systems don’t require as much upkeep as individual units for each room.
- How often you use your HVAC system. If you live in an area with fair weather where you can shut off your air conditioning for weeks or months at a time, you won’t need to have your system checked as often as those who do.
The bottom line is that how often you get your system checked is up to you and a trusted HVAC contractor. Many HVAC contractors will suggest inspections every fall to check your heating system and every spring to check your air conditioning unit.
Why Is It Important to Have Your HVAC System Regularly Inspected?
It’s always best to have an expert regularly inspect your HVAC unit because it will run longer and more efficiently. Paying for the initial inspection to catch issues before your air conditioning goes out in the summer or your furnace is rendered useless in the cold of winter can make your life a lot easier.
Whenever you are talking with your HVAC contractor, it is crucial to ask what services they will be providing upfront with their inspection, because there isn’t a universal standard for HVAC inspections.
Regular electrical inspection is a good idea to make sure you have the power you need to run your HVAC system. Contact the experts at Complete Electrical Solutions to see how we can help keep your home comfortable.