9 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit
Your HVAC unit is a vital component of your home or business, providing comfort. To ensure its longevity and maximize its efficiency, it’s essential to take proactive steps in maintaining and prolonging the life of your HVAC system. In this blog, we will discuss nine effective strategies that can help you extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit while saving you money in the long run.
Install the outdoor AC unit in the shade:
First set up your air conditioner for success by installing it on the north or east side of your home, if possible. This shades the unit in the hot afternoon and prevents it from working too hard. Also ensure that the outdoor unit of your HVAC system is free from debris, leaves, and obstructions. Proper airflow is crucial for the unit’s efficiency, so keep the area around the unit clean and clear to prevent damage and maintain optimal performance.
Change the air filter regularly:
Second tip, regularly change or clean your HVAC air filters. Clogged or dirty filters restrict airflow and force your system to work harder. Clean filters allow for efficient airflow, reducing strain on the system and improving its lifespan. Standard air filters last 30 to 90 days, so check yours once a month and change it when it appears dirty. This promotes proper airflow to prevent the HVAC system from overheating.
Use the “auto” fan setting:
Check your thermostat. The fan should be set to “auto,” meaning it only runs when the furnace or air conditioner is operating, as opposed to “on,” which runs the fan constantly. The blower will last longer if it doesn’t start and stop frequently. This will reduce the stress and help extend the lifespan of your unit too.
Manage Humidity Levels:
Maintain appropriate humidity levels in your home or business. Excessive moisture can strain your HVAC system and potentially lead to mold or other issues. Use dehumidifiers in humid climates or during humid seasons and ensure proper ventilation to manage moisture levels.
Make your home more efficient:
In addition to your humidity levels, a well-insulated and tightly sealed home makes it easier for your HVAC system to maintain the desired temperature. Seal leaks around your windows and doors, and add attic insulation so your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat:
Next consider installing a programmable thermostat to automate temperature adjustments and save energy. Optimize your thermostat settings to reduce the workload on your HVAC system. Adjust the temperature when you’re away from home or during periods of minimal usage to lessen the strain on the unit. This cost-effective investment allows you to set the temperature back while you’re away and sleeping, giving your HVAC system a break and lowering your energy bills.
Use alternative heating and cooling methods:
In the winter, open the curtains to enjoy free solar heat. And in the summer, run fans to create cooling airflow. These techniques let you adjust the thermostat a degree or two, easing the load on your HVAC system without becoming uncomfortable.
Keep air vents open:
Next maintain adequate ventilation throughout your home. Blocked or closed vents can cause imbalances in airflow, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to compensate. Ensure all vents are open and clear to maintain proper airflow and reduce strain on the system. Proper system balance is equally important to prevent overworking your heating and cooling system. Furthermore keep your air vents open and unblocked by rugs, drapes, and furniture.
Finally schedule regular professional maintenance for your HVAC system. Professional technicians can inspect, clean, and tune up your unit to ensure it’s operating at peak performance. Regular maintenance helps identify and address potential issues before they escalate, minimizing the risk of costly breakdowns and extending the life of your system. You can schedule these visits without a maintenance agreement. However, for just $12.99 per month, you can sign up for our AAA Comfort Club and enjoy member-only perks like repair discounts, annual replacement credits, and priority scheduling.
Taking proactive steps to maintain and prolong the life of your HVAC unit not only saves you money in the long run but also ensures optimal comfort and efficiency. By investing in regular maintenance, keeping filters clean, maintaining proper airflow, and implementing energy-saving practices, you can further extend the life of your HVAC system and enjoy its benefits for years to come. Remember, a well-cared-for HVAC unit is a reliable and cost-effective investment in your indoor comfort.
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