Your heating and cooling system is a considerable investment, but it is actually much more than that. Your family’s comfort, in every season, relies on your HVAC system working properly. Heating and cooling your home is also typically the largest contributor to your monthly utility bill, so a poorly working unit impacts your family’s budget too.
If you’re like many homeowners, then you probably find yourself hoping that your unit makes it through just one more heating and cooling season. Fortunately, you can be proactive in helping it last longer with these simple steps.
- Keep it clean
As your unit operates it also accumulates particles from the environment, like dust and other debris. These particles build up over time and restrict airflow. In turn, this makes your unit work harder than it should, and reduces its overall efficiency. This leaves your home less comfortable and your utility bills higher. You can avoid this by having a professional clean your compressor once a year.
- Maintenance matters
You wouldn’t skip oil changes for your car, but many people don’t think about having maintenance on their HVAC unit. A professional can inspect your unit and locate small problems before they become expensive repairs. This will not only save you money, but it will save you from the inconvenience of a broken down HVAC system.
- Change the filter
Sure, you’ve heard it before but people still forget to change their air filter. This is a simple step, but one that can have a big impact on how your system performs and how hard it works. The air filter not only helps keep the air in your home cleaner, but it also protects your system from a great deal of debris. So while the air filter traps dirt, it also prevents debris from accumulating in your unit and restricting air flow.
- Reduce your use
You can extend the life of your HVAC system by helping it work a bit less. You don’t have to sacrifice your family’s comfort, but you can take simple steps to make your home more energy efficient. In the summer, use shades and drapes to block out the sun and use fans to keep the air moving. In the winter, close off the vents to rooms you don’t use, block drafts from under exterior doors, and seal the windows.
These simple steps will definitely help protect your investment and your family by letting your HVAC system live a long and efficient life. And if you happen to need help with maintenance or even repair, we’re always on call to lend a hand.