If you live in a home here in the United States, it’s likely that you have a good deal of maintenance to stay on top of. From managing your heating and cooling systems to caring for your plumbing system, there are many aspects of caring for your home that simply cannot be avoided. And you shouldn’t avoid them, because regular servicing will extend the life of your HVAC systems and cut down energy usage, ultimately keeping your home in good shape and saving you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
For instance, maintaining air conditioning has become more important than ever before, simply due to the fact that there are more air conditioning systems in place all throughout the country than ever. In fact, up to two thirds of all homes now have some form of air conditioning in them, a number that is only anticipated to rise in the years that are to come as well.
For many people, the maintenance of an air conditioning system won’t be all that hard. For one thing, an air conditioning system will likely only need to be professionally inspected once or twice throughout the year (ideally twice, if at all possible). However, some routine care will need to be taken more frequently than this, as the filter for any given air conditioning system should be changed at least once over the course of every three months.
If this is not conducted, the efficiency of the air conditioning system in place is likely to drop, due to the fact that contaminants will build up in the ductwork (if it is a ducted system, that is). As any general contractor can also tell you, this is likely to lower the overall air quality in the home as well, as contaminants will cycle throughout the air at least five times a day – and sometimes as frequently as a full seven times a day, for that matter.
This reduced efficiency surrounding your air conditioning system will also end up costing you financially, as air conditioning alone costs more than a collective $10 billion over the course of a single year – and that’s just in residential homes throughout the United States alone. Fortunately, regular maintenance can lower your energy costs as much as possible, as can investing in a high efficiency air conditioning system – which can reduce your air conditioning costs by often as much as 50% (and typically by no less than 20% at the very least).
In addition to caring for your systems of air conditioning, it will also be hugely important to monitor your plumbing, hiring professional plumbing services should they ever become necessary. For instance, a household plumber will be able to fix common household leaks – which can waste more water than the average person actually realizes. In fact, even minor leaks can cost up to 10% of the water bill, and repairing them will ultimately be hugely beneficial from a financial perspective.
In addition to this, it’s important to consider the role of the average home owner when it comes to water preservation and conservation. After all, conserving water is essential in today’s day and age, especially as we toe ever closer to environmental disaster. And each and every year a shocking trillion gallons of water is wasted here in the United States alone, all attributed to these common household leaks. Even just a dripping faucet can end up wasting far more than so many people actively realize.
Fortunately, there are more than 400,000 plumbing professionals currently employed all throughout the country. If you suspect a water leak in your home, hiring one of these professionals will be hugely important in the overall function of your home – as well as in the conservation of water. Fortunately, many leaks are quite minor in the grand scheme of things and are able to be fixed with what is considered to be relative ease.
Caring for your home comes with many responsibilities, but a well cared for home is likely to be hugely pleasant to live in – and much easier to sell, should the time ever come.