Cooler weather is finally here. Which means, soon, you’ll be putting your HVAC to work to keep your home comfortable. You depend on your HVAC system all throughout the year, and with proper care it can last you 10 to 15 years. However, without proper care, it can have a much shorter lifespan. Eliminating a few bad HVAC habits and properly caring for your system can deliver better performance, use less energy and help your unit to last longer.
Here are a few ways to minimize the wear and tear on your HVAC system.
- Regular System Maintenance
Many home and business owners neglect to maintain their system through regular maintenance. Because you use your heating and air conditioning throughout the year, it can put excessive wear and tear on its essential components. From belts to motors, these parts need to be maintained. Schedule professional maintenance twice a year. A technician will make sure that your system is ready for both the winter and summer seasons.
- Check Your Filters
One of the simplest ways to minimize the wear and tear on your unit, is to check your air filters. The purpose of filters is to help the furnace or air conditioner remain energy efficient and improve indoor air quality. Dirty or clogged filters require your system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Replacing air filters is something you can do on your own! Be sure to purchase a filter that matches your system’s dimensions and model. Replace the filter when there is collection of duct or dirt present.
- Monitor Your Thermostat Settings
It is never a good idea to turn your thermostat completely off during the day. Turning the system on and off is a complete waste of energy and can damage your system. Instead, install a programmable thermostat that controls the temperature to your family’s schedule. When you are home, try to set the thermostat as close to the outdoor temperature as possible, without sacrificing your own comfort of course!
- Don’t Block Your Vents
In the same way that dirty filters put a strain on your HVAC system, blocked vents do as well. Do not close or cover your air vents because it impedes airflow in your home. Make sure your vents are free from obstructions.
- Inspect Your Outdoor Unit
Every month, inspect your outdoor unit for any signs of damage. Remember, even little things can end up being costly if they are not fixed properly or promptly. Make sure your exterior unit is clear of debris, leaves or anything else that can clog up critical parts.
By avoiding unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system, you can enjoy a more efficient system for years to come. Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning is here to serve you! Our NATE-certified technicians can give you the best service in the area. Give us a call for any repair, replacement, maintenance or inspection needs!