You like to prepare for whatever the future holds. Your food storage has you ready for a disaster, and you build your budget around saving against a rainy day. Many preparation-savvy homeowners in Greensboro, North Carolina, however, don’t take HVAC replacement costs into their plan, and the last thing you need is the huge, expensive surprise of replacing a dead HVAC system. You can avoid the stress of a suddenly defunct HVAC system by maximizing your system’s lifespan with these simple habits.
Conduct Regular Preventive Maintenance
If you want to maximize your own lifespan, what do you do? You treat your body well, and when you’re sick, you go to the doctor. Maximizing your HVAC system’s lifespan works about the same way. Your heating and cooling units likely work efficiently most of the time, but over their 10-to-15-year lifespan, system components wear and can even break. Even a minor problem in your system can exacerbate strain and reduce the system’s energy efficiency, which in turn reduces its lifespan.
If you want to get the most out of every year of your HVAC system’s operation, you need to conduct regular preventive maintenance. Such maintenance involves calling over a licensed HVAC technician, who will inspect your system for problems, conduct any necessary repairs, and clean the unit. You should schedule HVAC maintenance twice a year (usually in the spring and in the fall) if you want your system to operate efficiently for as long as possible.
Heat and Cool Responsibly
Just as you should give your system some regular TLC, you also need to take care of it in the months between maintenance appointments. Fortunately, you can maximize your system’s lifespan every day by heating and cooling efficiently. Here’s a little trick: the further the temperature outside is from your thermostat setting, the harder your system must work to maintain comfort, so do what you can to keep those two temperatures as close as possible.
We’re not suggesting that you turn your home into an oven during the summer, but don’t turn the home down to 65 degrees, either. Keep it in the mid 70s and run ceiling fans, drink cool beverages, and find other ways to stay cool. Your utility bills will drop and your system will be capable of providing comfort in hot and cold throughout its maximized lifespan.
Maintain High Indoor Air Quality
You can also maximize your system’s lifespan by maintaining high indoor air quality. But how does keeping your home clean affect an air conditioner? Energy efficiency is a delicate thing, and it doesn’t take much to disrupt it. Dust and dirt can restrict airflow and reduce efficiency, which also cuts the system’s lifespan.
Start maintaining high indoor quality by regularly cleaning your home. Thoroughly clean the area around your HVAC system, as well as your heat registers and vents. Keep your outdoor compressor unit and its surrounding area clean, too. Don’t forget to change your HVAC system’s air filter once a month.
Seal Your Home
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s been a bit of a trend here. Anything that reduces your HVAC system’s energy efficiency will ultimately reduce its lifespan, so you should watch out for anything that tanks efficiency. One culprit of energy loss in the home is air leaks. Leaks can form around windows in doors, in your duct network, and in walls. Too little insulation can also make it difficult to keep air contained. What you need to do is keep your air where it belongs.
Contain your controlled air by sealing your home’s thermal envelope, which refers to anything that separates the air inside your home from the air outdoors. Run some fresh caulk around your windows and place weatherstripping along your door frames. If you have an attic, check the insulation there and see if the space around plumbing pipes and outlet boxes is properly sealed. If not, seal the space with expanding foam.
If you want to get the most out of your HVAC system and avoid the hefty surprise expense of a dead system, then maximize its lifespan with these simple habits. To schedule maintenance for your system, call Air Treatment Heating and Air Conditioning at 336-790-3206.
Image provided by Shutterstock