Spring is here, and along with the sunshine, blooming flowers and tree buds are those dreaded chores that are on every homeowner’s list. When most people think of spring maintenance, they think of cleaning the yard, cleaning windows, checking the roof for leaks and cleaning every corner of the house inside and out. What many people ignore are other important aspects of a home, like your furnace. After a long workout in the winter, your HVAC unit needs attention before it can put in another few months of cooling your home. If you have your air conditioner inspected by a professional and they recommend a whole new system, there are options for financing heating and cooling systems so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot.
Have your system inspected
The first step to your spring checklist is to have your furnace and air conditioning unit inspected. After an inspection, the tech will advise you on any major or minor issues that he sees. It’s important to address all issues right away, not just the ones that are considered to be major. Why? Because those seemingly minor issues can become big ones if you ignore the problem. Like your car, that funky noise may not be just a little thing, and it won’t just go away if you ignore it.
Consider a replacement
If your furnace is more than 10 years old or your tech advises that you should think about getting a new system, it might be wise to do so. HVAC systems today are much more energy-efficient than they were even just a few years ago. The money you invest in a new air conditioner could save you hundreds of dollars in energy bills each year. These systems can be expensive, so you may have to look at financing options for a plan that works for you.
Many HVAC companies offer maintenance plans. For a nominal fee, you can have a tech come and inspect your system twice a year to make sure that everything is in proper working order. Even if your system is brand new and under warranty, this is a good plan to invest in.
Financing your heating and cooling systems isn’t for everyone; but if you think you need a new system and you want peace-of-mind knowing you and your family are going to be comfortable all year long, there may be a plan that suits your needs.