HVAC systems represent a considerable investment for homeowners. They also act as an important part of your family’s comfort, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Given their importance and cost, it makes sense to do everything you can to extend their life. This can not only help them last longer but also reduce repairs and help you avoid the inconvenience of a broken down HVAC.
HVAC systems are easy to care for and are not generally high maintenance items. This doesn’t mean, however, that maintaining them is not important. After all, they work year-long and, in many climates, 24 hours a day for long months at a time. Having a professional inspect, clean, and tune-up your HVAC system is one of the best ways to extend its life. It will also help make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible.
Change air filters
Dirty air filters not only lead to more dust and dirt in your home, but they also make your HVAC system work harder. This reduces its lifespan and how efficiently it works. Simply changing the filter regularly can ensure proper airflow, making it easier for your system to operate. Filters often tell you their lifespan, but be sure to check monthly. Even a 3-month filter may need to be changed more frequently.
Keep an eye on the condenser
Most condensers sit outside of the home. They are designed to stand up to harsh elements, including rain, snow, and ice. This doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t need attention and protection. Inspect your condenser to make sure that it is free of debris. You’re looking to ensure airflow, so that means you’ll need to remove weeds or anything else that has accumulated around it. Look for signs of damage as well, as it’s best to spot problems as early as possible.
HVAC systems work hard. In fact, they often work around the clock in the dead of winter and the heart of summer. Like any piece of equipment, this constant use takes a toll on lifespan. To mitigate this, try giving it some downtime. When the weather is temperate, consider shutting down your system. You can use ceiling fans, floor fans, and natural airflow to make your home comfortable. This can give your system a much needed break, and extend its life in the process.
There you have it, a few easy ways to help your HVAC system live longer, be more efficient, and keep your family as comfortable as possible. With just a bit of care and attention, you’ll be able to reduce repairs and cut operating costs as well. If you need help with maintenance, then contact us today and we’ll be glad to help.