Most HVAC systems last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, and being that the cost to replace such as system can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, it makes sense to want to maximize the life of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. Needless to say, but the best way to extend the functional life of this equipment is to get serious about maintaining it – and much of this is fairly routine. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what you should be doing to maintain your HVAC system to help extend its efficiency and effectiveness:
5 Ways to Maintain Your HVAC System
1. Check Your Air Filters
It’s said that you should be changing your HVAC system’s air filters monthly, but depending on the type of system and type of air filter, this is often unnecessary. Instead, we suggest inspecting it, cleaning it and – if necessary – changing it once a month. Dirty air filters restrict air flow and can put more wear and tear on your HVAC equipment. It’s why it’s important to ensure they’re in good shape.
2. Maintain the Area Around your AC Unit
Air conditioners are often installed outside the home, and noting this it’s important to properly maintain any trees or bushes that are located near it. That’s because AC units need proper air flow and circulation to operate properly. Branches that come into contact with it or leaves that have accumulated inside of it can hamper this.
3. Schedule HVAC Maintenance
While some maintenance tasks you can carry out yourself, there are some things that are better left to a professional. If you’re serious about extending your equipment’s life, we suggest investing in a seasonal preventative maintenance plan. Doing so will allow a professional technician to tune up your system and carefully inspect it for issues that may need to be addressed either immediately or in the future.
4. Clean Your Ducts
It’s suggested to have your ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years to eliminate dust and debris buildup and maximize airflow. In between professional cleanings, we’d also suggest running a vacuum hose into floor vents to remove dust, dirt, pet dander or debris that has accumulated near the surface. This will help ensure proper airflow and also limit wear and tear on your equipment.
5. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Your HVAC system is like any major appliance – the more it’s used, the more wear and tear that’s placed on it. A programmable thermostat can help limit how often your system runs while also potentially decreasing your energy bills by up to 10 percent. It’s a win-win proposition. These thermostats will work to conserve energy while you’re away, automatically adjust the temperature at certain parts of the day and can also be accessed via a smartphone app.
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For more information on how to properly maintain your HVAC system to maximize its life and to set up a preventative maintenance plan, contact us Temperature Pro Arlington today.