How often do you check your heating and cooling systems? Are you doing enough to avoid issues? In the case of most people they would suggest that they didn’t check their systems often enough and unfortunately if you fall into this category then you must make sure that you change this. In many cases companies like Integrity Heating and Cooling here in Mokena, Il will actually offer free health checks which you can use, so that even if you don’t have the expertise to check your systems, they will do so for you. Here in Mokena, Il I generally check my heating systems in September and my cooling systems in May, and here is why doing so is incredibly important.
At the heart of why we must check our systems ahead of the summer or winter months is to avoid them breaking down during those months, when we need them the most. Now there is of course no guarantee that a checkup will complete remove the risk of a breakdown, but it will ensure that you have done all that you can to avoid it.
Even if you use a company to perform a health check on your heating and cooling systems, the cost that you will pay for this pales in comparison to the cost which you can expect to pay for an emergency breakdown. If your heating system for example were to breakdown in the middle of a cold snap, you will undoubtedly have a great urge to fix this as soon as possible, to warm your home up again. Such emergency call outs and repairs will cost you a great deal of money because many companies understand the need for urgency, and that comes with a cost. Furthermore, there are costs involved in waiting for repairs as you may have to move out of the home for a couple of days, or at least spend your time away from it.
If your cooling system breaks down on a Friday morning in the middle of a heatwave you cannot expect the system to be back up and running again by the afternoon. The process here will involve a professional coming out to assess the breakdown, then ordering parts and then fitting those parts and the whole process can take some days. During this time your home will be uncomfortable, and you will find it very difficult as days can feel like months.
In rare cases there can be great danger that comes with a broken-down system as they can occasionally begin to pump out noxious gas in the home, which can do great damage to the people living in it. This is of course an extreme example, but it can happen and this is why you should check your systems to make sure that they are in fact fit for purpose.
Check twice per year and there isn’t much more you can do beyond that.