Ways to Extend the Life of an HVAC System
When your HVAC system is maintained well, it can last 12+ years. You can even get 25 years of use out of it. There are seven ways you can extend the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. Follow all of these tips to get the greatest and most efficient possible use out of your HVAC unit.
1. Use Auto Mode
When your HVAC system is in “on” mode, the fan runs all of the time, which causes the system to wear down faster. It also causes the air filter to become dirty faster. “Auto” mode only runs the fan when the HVAC system operates. Unless someone in your household has allergies, your HVAC system should be in “auto” mode. Only use “on” mode if it’s necessary for reducing respiratory symptoms.
2. Change the Air Filter on Time
How often your HVAC system’s air filter needs to be changed depends on the model. Check your owner’s manual to know how frequently to change the air filter. This could range from every one to three months. You may sometimes need to change the air filter sooner than recommended. If it’s extremely dirty, you should always change it. Some models have a reusable filter you just need to clean.
When it comes time to replace your HVAC system, let your installation company know what type of air filter you prefer. Some people don’t want to buy air filters while others like the convenience of not needing to clean them. Healthy Home Heating and Air provides reliable HVAC installations in Monroe, NC, and surrounding areas. We back up our workmanship with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
3. Schedule AC and Heating Maintenance Every Year
Both your heating and cooling system need maintenance every year for a total of two HVAC tune-ups annually. We recommend having your heating system tuned in the fall and your cooling system tuned in the spring. These are the best times for maintenance because they occur just before your heating or cooling system needs to be turned on for a season of operation.
You’ll have more confidence that your heating or cooling system will operate efficiently and safely without serious problems. Staying on top of your bi-annual tune-ups protects your HVAC warranty, too. Most manufacturers require regular maintenance of the appliance for the warranty to be valid. Healthy Home Heating and Air offers HVAC maintenance in Monroe and surrounding areas.
4. Check the Condenser After a Storm
Although outdoor condensers are built to be durable, they could still be damaged during severe storms. If it has hailed or a severe storm has rolled through the area, you should check the condenser for damage once the storm is over. You should also watch out for rust growing on the condenser. Rust that’s ignored will spread to the internal components and wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Contact a repair company if your condenser has been damaged. Healthy Home Heating and Air offers HVAC repair in Monroe and surrounding areas.
5. Maintain Clearance Around the Condenser
Never store or plant anything too close to your condenser. You want to maintain at least a 3-foot clearance. After storms, check the condenser to make sure debris wasn’t blown too close to it. Also, rake up fallen leaves that have gathered around it. Clear away any debris from the unit itself, too. It’s important to keep debris away from the condenser because it obstructs airflow. Weakened airflow can result in numerous problems, including overheating and increased wear and tear.
6. Improve Your Home’s Insulation
Having good insulation in your home means that the HVAC system will operate less, resulting in a slower rate of wear and tear on the system. Key areas to improve your insulation are the attic, walls and basement. What type of insulation is best for your home depends on where you live. In Monroe, you need R30 to R60 insulation in an uninsulated attic and R25 to R38 insulation in areas where there are an existing 3–4 inches of insulation. Another task you should do to keep the cool and warm air inside your home longer is to use caulk to seal cracks around your home.
7. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats make it effortless to adjust your set temperature on a daily basis. You can program the thermostat up or down a few degrees during times you know it won’t be needed. Some smart thermostats take it a step further by learning your household’s behavior and then adjusting the temperature accordingly.
Healthy Home Heating and Air was opened in 2009 and has earned a positive reputation in Monroe and surrounding areas for quality service. We continue to work on improving not only our technical skills but also our customer service skills. In addition to HVAC maintenance, installations and repairs, we offer duct cleaning and indoor air quality services. Contact us today to schedule maintenance for your HVAC system.