As far as spending money is concerned, most people would rather drop their savings on a new car or a tropical vacation than an HVAC system. With that in mind, it is easy to see why many people would be interested in practical, easy ways to maintain their HVAC system and extend its lifespan.
Here in the Southeast along the coast, most heating and air conditioning systems last around 12 to 15 years, but with a little TLC and some routine, properly-handled maintenance, that timeline could potentially be extended to as far as 20 years or more. In addition to increasing the lifespan of an HVAC system, performing routine maintenance can also result in more efficient operations, delivering a cost savings for many home owners.
Being proactive about maintenance and spending some time, effort and funds up front can be an effective means of avoiding major repairs and the need to replace a system. To extend the lifespan of your system, consider the following ideas and strategies:
- Replace your air filters – This is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your HVAC system working properly. An air filter is similar to the lungs of an HVAC system; if it is clogged or dirty, air will not flow through the way that it should. Filters need to be changed every one to three months, but when it needs to be changed can vary based on a number of factors, including whether you have a pet, how often you vacuum, and how much you run your system. The best way is to figure out if the filter needs changing is to simply do a visual inspection and see if light is visible through it.
- Seal it up – Did you know you can lose up to 30 percent of the conditioned air inside your home as a result of ductwork breaches? Also, dirt and grime can accumulate in ductwork over time, creating obstacles that are negatively impactful to the operation of your system. Attics, windows and doors should also be properly sealed and/or insulated to ensure that your system does not have to run constantly to achieve a desired temperature setting. Having a professional inspect your ductwork and ensure that everything in your home is properly sealed is vital to maintaining your HVAC system.
- Get on a maintenance plan – Calling for regular maintenance and/or becoming a member of our Comfort Club—which includes two maintenance visits per year, a 15 percent discount off the cost of a repair, a five percent discount on new equipment and duct systems, and no additional after-hours, holiday or weekend charges, can ensure the long-term viability of your system and head off major issues before they occur.
- Install a programmable thermostat – An HVAC system that has to work too hard is not going to be happy or last very long. Installing a programmable thermostat can help the system work smarter instead of harder, prolonging the lifespan while also ensuring that the people inside the home are more comfortable when they are there.
For more information about how to increase your HVAC system’s lifespan or to learn more about how to finance a new system when it inevitably wears out, please call one of our offices or email email@example.com.
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