Take simple steps to prolong your HVAC system life. Your heating and cooling systems work hard, year after year. To keep them running long-term, you need to do certain things along the way.
How To Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System
Here are some simple steps you can take:
- Change the air filters regularly. You may have heard this one before, but it is probably the simplest step you take to keep your HVAC system running. Air filters do a number things when it comes to heating and cooling your home. One of the most critical is capturing dust and debris before it gets into the ducts and HVAC system. An added benefit is that routinely changing your air filter will improve your home’s indoor air quality.
- Keep the outside condenser free of leaves, debris and weed buildup. If you have a central A/C or heat pump, you will have an outside condenser unit. This unit needs clear airflow to do its job properly. Leaves and debris can diminish airflow. Weed and plant buildup around it can do the same. Clear everything away to keep the air flowing.
- Have annual preventative maintenance visits. HVAC equipment components require routine maintenance to run efficiently. During a maintenance visit, the technician will inspect the entire system, lubricate moving parts, tighten connections, and make sure everything is tuned properly. This helps keep repair needs down while prolonging the system’s life. As a bonus, it also lowers your energy costs.
- Keep the air flowing freely. When your HVAC system was installed, it was calibrated to deliver a certain amount of air to a certain amount of square footage. If you have blocked rooms off in an attempt to save on energy, you may actually be putting stress on the HVAC system and increasing energy bills. Open up the vents and let the system do its job.
Taking these simple steps should help prolong your HVAC system life. For help with keeping your heating and cooling systems in top shape, contact us here at Wolff Mechanical.
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