Many of us are quick to recognize threats to our health. We avoid coughing and sniffling employees at work. We get our flu shots. We eat as healthy as our will allows. We try to balance some kind of exercise with our busy schedules. But while many homeowners in Greensboro, North Carolina, are aware of their personal health, they are less aware of threats to their HVAC systems’ health, which could consequently affect their own. Keep your eye out for these five threats to HVAC health, and you’ll build a healthier, more efficient, and comfortable home.

Bad Heating and Cooling Habits

Your HVAC system is constantly at the mercy of your heating and cooling habits. How hard you run your system will inevitably determine how long it will provide the comfort you demand. Unfortunately, too many homeowners run their systems inefficiently, forcing units to keep homes far cooler or warmer than they need to be. The closer your thermostat setting is to the temperature outside, the less strain your system will experience and the more you’ll extend its lifespan. If you want maximum efficiency this spring and summer, try not to let your thermostat setting dip below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

A dirty home is more than a health risk, it can also become a threat to your HVAC system’s health. Too much clutter, especially around your HVAC unit, vents, and heat registers, will restrict airflow and force the unit to work harder to maintain comfort. This reduces its lifespan. Dust, dirt, and debris around your indoor air handler can also add to system strain. To mitigate the effects of poor indoor air quality on your HVAC system, clean around your unit often, keep your living space as clutter-free as possible, and remove debris around your outdoor compressor.

Air Leaks

Anything that forces your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to will inevitably cut time from its lifespan, and few things strain your unit more than air leaks around your home. These leaks allow outside air to enter your home and affect the temperature while allowing controlled air to escape. You can identify air leaks by looking for excess dust and dirt around windows and doors, and by evaluating the insulation throughout your living space. Seal leaks where you can, and insulate unfinished areas of your home to put a stop to air leaks.

Inefficient HVAC Size

HVAC size is a crucial aspect of your system’s health. Sometimes, however, an HVAC system isn’t properly fitted for the load requirements of your living space. Those load requirements include the square footage and design of the home, as well as how many windows and doors the building has plus the surrounding climate, and much more.

An HVAC system that’s smaller than the needs demanded by the load will struggle to maintain comfort and never get there, straining the unit, hiking up your utility costs, and cutting its lifespan. A system that’s larger than the needs of the load will short cycle constantly, also contributing to higher energy bills and a shorter system lifespan. Schedule an HVAC inspection to guarantee your system is properly sized for your home.

Lack of Professional Maintenance

Imagine how poor your health would be if you never consulted a medical professional. Just as you need doctors to give you care when necessary, your HVAC system needs the trained hands of professional technicians to continue running efficiently. Without regular professional maintenance, the otherwise minor wear and tear your unit experiences will escalate to become system-crippling problems. During a maintenance appointment, a professional technician will thoroughly inspect your unit, clean your system, and conduct any necessary repairs. You should schedule professional maintenance at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall.

Don’t let threats to your HVAC system’s health lead to higher utility costs, reduced comfort, and an early system failure. To cut HVAC threats early, schedule professional maintenance with Air Treatment by calling 336-790-3206.

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