When summer arrives, Northeast Wisconsin is met with some seriously unbearable heat waves. If you’re familiar with this type of weather, then we don’t need to tell you that the last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to die.

No, air conditioners were not built to last forever. That, unfortunately, just isn’t possible. These units were, however, made to service customers for years and years without compromise, and the only way to be sure your air conditioner is running efficiently is via regular seasonal maintenance.

Regular tune-ups can keep your air conditioner running strong all summer long. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you neglect to partake in routine maintenance, your air conditioning performance will steadily decline. Oh, and your energy bills? Except those to skyrocket.

Taking the time to have your air conditioning unit looked at can save you more energy in the long run — not to mention the fact that you’ll stay cooler for longer in even the hottest and most humid times. Here’s why.

An efficient air conditioning unit leads to lower energy usage.

Having a clean unit with up-to-date pieces means you’re getting the most bang for your buck. When the filters are clogged, coils are dirty, and evaporator fins are bent, airflow is severely blocked. That means all of the clean, cold air that should be ventilating around your house is trapped inside the unit alongside all of that build-up and grime.

The Department of Energy, claims that replacing a dirty, clogged filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption anywhere from 5 to 15 percent.

 Replacing an air conditioner is more expensive than maintaining the one you already have.

As with automobiles, small issues will often lead to more significant problems if left unaddressed for too long. With proper maintenance, an air conditioner can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, and sometimes longer. A seasonal tune-up can cost $70 to $150, while most homeowners report spending between $3,732 and $7,183 to have a new air conditioner installed. The cheaper choice is obviously preferred when possible, right?

 Manufacturers can deny warranty claims if they know you’ve been slacking on maintenance.

While you should always read the fine print on your warranty before signing up, some companies have been known to deny claims based on homeowner neglect and improper maintenance. So even if you have a warranty on your unit and your air conditioner breaks down, it’s no guarantee that the repairs will be covered.

To make sure you don’t end up with a bill worth thousands of dollars to repair or replace your unit, hold on to every receipt. That way, you can prove your unit has been properly maintained.

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Van’s One Hour offers both basic and premium seasonal tune-ups at fair prices. With Van’s, you can be sure that you’re getting the best in quality and performance without breaking the bank. Each and every one of our staff members is a trained and certified technician with a clean background and extensive experience. They are also timely, considering how your appointment is free if they miss their scheduled meeting window. Van’s also offers discounts to veterans and active first-responders through our Heroes Club program, as well as discounts to our everyday customers who hold a Comfort Club membership.

If you think it might be time to have your air conditioning unit checked, please call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your air conditioning maintenance, located in De Pere, Wisconsin. We’ll make sure you’re keeping your energy costs low while maximizing your air conditioner’s performance and lifespan. Visit www.onehourgreenbay.com or call 866-573-8386.