It might not be the topic that people most want to read about, for example, on their coffee breaks … but for the frugal person who wants to manage their budget – read on! Getting into the details of creating a maintenance plan for your property can save you a lot of money.
Even if you only have one property, your home, developing a maintenance plan can really help you to sleep better at night, (especially if you like to listen to your furnace or AC humming!) and be more confident about the state of your home systems. If you have multiple investment properties, you’re even more likely to benefit a lot from the planned maintenance philosophy.
Planned Maintenance in Business
Look, business people do this frequently! The idea in business is that companies invest in planned maintenance, in order to prevent emergency repairs.
Some consultants and gurus talk about this in terms of ‘downtime and uptime.’ Planned downtime can often be absorbed by the business in ways that don’t lower productivity. Emergency downtime often is more intrusive, and can often result in lost business or loss of productivity.
The same thing is true with your home’s HVAC systems.
The Plan- and What Happens if You Don’t Have One
Suppose you arrange a maintenance plan to check your systems out every year. First, you benefit from specialized agreements that lower some of the costs of sending out representatives to your property. You are able to better plan your investment in your home systems.
Our technicians have told us that 80% of the problems they encounter at a client’s property can be eliminated by a maintenance plan. That means you might save two or three emergency visits with one preventative maintenance visit.
You’re also going to save on the kinds of costs that you have to deal with when you call for emergency service after hours, on a weekend or on a holiday.
One example involves the evaporator and condenser coils on air conditioning equipment. These elements need to be in good condition for the system to work efficiently and effectively. Regular planned maintenance takes care of that issue – and so your regular electric bills are going to be lower, too. When your system becomes inefficient and wears out quickly, you’re talking three high costs – the cost of emergency repair, the high electric bills that come with inefficient operation, and eventually, replacement of the system.
One reason that planned maintenance is so hard for people to understand is that these home systems are so often ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ We don’t think about how our systems work until something breaks, but by then it’s too late, and you’re on the hook for all kinds of money. Consider taking a page from the business playbook and creating the kinds of planned maintenance that are going to support your investment in your real estate. Talk to Airtek Services – we’re here for you!