The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute Standards Task Team is currently reviewing the maintenance standards of residential HVAC systems. The standard provides the minimum requirements for inspection of residential HVAC equipment in single- or double-family dwellings less than three stories. These requirements are performed by licensed HVAC contractors, either as a service following a new system installation or as a general service to HVAC owners. The standards include a lengthy check list for technicians and an expectation that they will have the expertise to perform those checks.
It’s important to keep up a regular HVAC maintenance schedule, both for the homeowner and the HVAC contractor. Ultimately, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the system is maintained properly by a licensed and certified HVAC contractor. For the contractor, this can be an important part of his business, so he is focusing satisfied maintenance customers.
When your HVAC system is due for a “tune-up,” look for high-quality, trained technicians. Reputable HVAC contractors train employees for maintenance programs, making sure they are knowledgeable in HVAC technology so they can not only inspect the systems, but also make recommendations to the homeowner of necessary upgrades or actions.
Your HVAC system should be cleaned and maintained at least twice a year with the change of seasons from air conditioning to heating. This will help its life span and efficiency. Benefits of routine maintenance will be reflected in your energy bills — maintenance is proven to lower utility costs. It will also improve your indoor air quality and help prevent failure of your HVAC unit.