What’s an HVAC protection plan and how does it work?
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    Energy Efficiency
  • Published:
    August 5, 2021
  • Updated:
    August 13, 2021

What’s an HVAC Protection Plan and How Does It Work?

Now might be a good time to consider the benefits of having an HVAC protection plan. Heating and cooling protection plans ensure your systems are in good working order year-round. They can reduce worry as well as unexpected costs when something goes wrong.

If you’re wondering if HVAC service plans are worth it, read on.

Understanding HVAC protection plans

In most parts of the United States, having reliable air conditioning is a must, especially during the hottest times of the summer. But just when they have to work the hardest, A/C units may break down. That’s because many people take them for granted until it’s too late. Without regular care, your A/C system could be an expensive disaster waiting to happen.

Preventative maintenance is the key to avoiding this problem. During peak season, you may have to wait longer for a repair appointment. Having an HVAC protection plan in place makes it easy to stay on top of caring for your system.

Typical plans include an annual inspection that covers heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems throughout the year. Some also include water heater coverage. And don’t forget a well-tuned system uses less energy, which could help keep your electric bills in check.

How does a heating and cooling protection plan work?

What's an hvac protection plan

The typical HVAC coverage plan takes care of both your air conditioning and heating systems for the year. Many include your water heater as well. When you sign up for an HVAC protection plan from your energy provider, seasonal inspections, tune-ups and preventative maintenance of all your systems may be included. Trained experts can help with everything from being more efficient with energy to heating, plumbing and A/C repairs, and more.

Regular care through heating and cooling protection plans could extend the life of your systems for even more savings. Some plans offer discounts on new, energy-efficient units.

How are HVAC protection plans different from a home warranty?

Home warranty plans cover the cost of fixing or replacing broken systems. Most, however, don’t include preventative maintenance, and some plans don’t include HVAC systems.

Signing up for an HVAC protection plan with your energy provider covers repairs — but may also go a step or two further. Prevention is almost always cheaper than repair. Ensuring your systems are humming along at maximum efficiency may extend the life of your equipment and could save you money on your energy bill, which is something a home warranty can’t do.

It’s better to keep your HVAC running smoothly and reliably than it is to sweat it out waiting for a repair.

What does an HVAC protection plan cover?

Some HVAC protection plans provide comprehensive coverage, which includes your annual inspection and any other HVAC issues you have throughout the year. Plan coverage means you’ll be less likely to need service calls, although they’re included, too.

In addition to items on a typical maintenance checklist, here are the key features to look for in a heating and cooling protection plan:

  • No deductible or copay — no out-of-pocket payments for A/C parts, labor or trip fees up to $2,000 each contract year
  • Plans that don’t require pre-inspections
  • No hassles with invoices and forms — service is quick, reliable and convenient
  • Emergency service anytime, 24/7
  • Unlimited and priority service calls for your A/C
  • Discounts on heating, air conditioning and water heaters
  • Preventative care and seasonal tune-ups
  • The ability to bundle A/C protection and electricity plans

Costs you can avoid with HVAC coverage

How much can you save with HVAC coverage

Without even including any actual work done on your system, a service call from an HVAC tech alone could come with a minimum fee. Add to that the costs of repairs — from recharging refrigerant to a compressor or a condenser coil — plus labor, and your

bill could range from the hundreds to the thousands. These costs don’t include the time it takes trying to find a service provider or the discomfort you may endure waiting for an available technician. It’s easy to see the benefits you could get with HVAC coverage.

In what states are HVAC coverage plans offered?

Check with your energy provider to see what might be available in your area. Constellation currently offers HVAC protection plans in Maryland, Texas and Georgia.

Keep your home comfortable with an HVAC protection plan from Constellation

So, are HVAC service plans worth it? Many homeowners would say yes. HVAC protection plans ensure that your systems run efficiently and remain free of trouble. You can avoid the discomfort of waiting in your overheated home for a repair, not to mention the unexpected hit to your budget. Plus, a tuned-up HVAC system could last longer and may save you money on your energy bill.

Running a household can be hard. Let us help cross “worrying about the AC going out in the middle of a heat wave” off your list. Explore Constellation’s HVAC protection plans today.

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