Best Practices to Minimize Wear and Tear On HVAC Systems
Your heating and air conditioning system may not last for the full 10, 15, or 20 years that it’s meant to unless you do your part in minimizing the wear and tear it incurs. Below are some tips that can help you extend the life of your HVAC system.
Replace or Clean the Filter
Hindrances to airflow can cause systems to work harder to circulate air, which won’t bode well for them in terms of performance and longevity. The first step to avoiding this type of wear and tear is to replace the air filter in your return vent. If you own an electrostatic filter, note that this type can be cleaned and reused. Another easy way to keep the air flowing is to never block the supply vents, say, with furniture.
Program Your Thermostat
Many homeowners don’t take advantage of their thermostat’s ability to create a weekly heating and cooling schedule. Others don’t own a programmable thermostat to begin with. You should be aware that these devices can help prevent premature wear on your HVAC system by only running it when necessary.
For example, you could set the thermostat so that it switches the system on 30 minutes before you wake up. This is preferable to heating your home all through the night.
Add or Replace Insulation
The thicker insulation you have, especially in the attic and walls, the less your HVAC system has to run and the longer it can last. A professional could tell you what R-value would work best for your home.
Request Regular HVAC Maintenance
Last but not least, you need your system maintained twice a year: a cooling tune-up in spring and a heating tune-up in autumn. Maintenance keeps the system clean, the connections tight, and the thermostat calibrated. It can pinpoint issues long before you suspect anything is wrong. No matter how you look at it, it’s a great investment.
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My Guys Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can sign you up for a convenient maintenance agreement here in Conroe, TX. Our technicians can maintain, repair, and replace both AC and heating systems. We even deal in indoor air quality systems. Call today for more details.