A lot of investments are based on speculation and risky as a result. For as many investments that can lead to financial losses, there are others that can help you save money without risking anything. One such investment is in a preventive maintenance plan, which ensures your HVAC system – an investment itself – is protected by a professional service technician throughout the year. To ensure your home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, keeps your family comfortable, consider these five reasons to invest in a preventive maintenance plan today.

Improve Operational Efficiency

When your HVAC system operates properly, it’ll automatically cycle on when it senses your home’s temperature isn’t matching your desired setting. Once it reaches that desired temperature setting on the thermostat, it’ll cycle off. If your HVAC system has an issue, it might cycle irregularly without you even knowing it.

In the short term, frequent cycling will likely lead to higher utility bills, which is something to watch for. In the long term, it can cause permanent damage to your HVAC system, which can result in a replacement well before its life cycle is complete. To diagnose a problem, a service technician should test your unit every season.

Lower Your Monthly Energy Bills

The average residential electricity rate in Jacksonville, North Carolina, is 10.91¢/kWh, which is 8.16 percent lower than the national average. But the average monthly residential electricity bill is 9.35 percent higher than the national average of $107. With cold winters as well as hot summers, homeowners rely heavily on their HVAC system for year-round comfort. By improving operational efficiency, you can lower those monthly energy bills by up to 15 percent.

Take Care of Minor Issues Immediately

Whether it’s a clogged drain, a refrigerant leak or an electrical malfunction, there are plenty of seemingly minor issues that can arise in your HVAC system. Most of those issues will hide from the average homeowner who isn’t trained to detect them, causing chaos when it’s too late to repair them. That’s why it’s important to have your system checked periodically by someone who knows what to look for. A preventive maintenance plan makes sure of that.

Reduce the Risk of a Major Breakdown

A major breakdown is the last thing a homeowner wants to deal with, especially in the middle of a cold winter or a hot summer. Not only does a breakdown disrupt daily comfort but it can also lead to a costly replacement. When you hire a service technician to take care of minor issues today, you avoid major headaches and hassles tomorrow.

Extend Your HVAC System’s Lifespan

If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it with a newer state-of-the-art unit from Trane. The fact is, modern HVAC systems conserve more energy, save more money and offer plenty of additional features that can help you enhance your indoor comfort environment.

Whether you need an older unit to operate for a year longer so you can save for a new one or want to preserve the system you currently own, a preventive maintenance plan will help. As with any other major appliance or device you rely on, such as your vehicle, the more you take care of it the longer it’ll last.

When it comes to investments, people are always weary of handing over their hard-earned money unless they know they’ll receive something worthwhile in return. While an upfront cost, a preventive maintenance plan pays for itself in no time by lowering your monthly energy bills, reducing the instance of repairs and preventing premature replacements.

For additional information about the benefits of maintaining your heating and cooling system, or if you’re ready to invest in a preventive maintenance plan, read on to learn why annual HVAC maintenance matters or contact Gideon Heating & Air Conditioning at (910) 408-3491. We look forward to helping you preserve the comfort in your home.