Your HVAC system is one of the biggest investments you will make in your building. In order to get the most return on this investment, it has to survive up to or even past its expected useful life if at all possible. As with virtually anything mechanical, the more it is used, the shorter its life. Here are some things you can do to make sure it lasts as long as possible and serves you well through the hot and cold seasons.
Replace your air filters
The easiest thing you can do to maintain your system’s efficiency is to periodically inspect and replace the air filters. When they become clogged, your system has to expend more energy to get air through them which increases your utility bills and makes the system work much harder than it has to. This reduces the wear and tear on your unit and lengthens its life.
Install a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to control the units output when they are not being used instead of keeping it constantly running to maintain a temperature. This greatly reduces the wear and tear on your HVAC units.
Install a smart thermostat
If you want to make a bigger investment in your HVAC system, and you really want some nifty bells and whistles, a WiFi enabled smart thermostat will give you even more control. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely, they can display energy consumption in real time, they can interface with voice control, and they can adjust themselves based on factors like humidity. Some models can tell you how long it will take for your home to reach a certain temperature once it is set and even learn your behaviors and adjust the system accordingly.
Clean your outside units
This is especially important if your air intake is located near trees or bushes or after a recent storm. A good habit to get into is to turn off the power to the system and spray it out with a garden hose until it is free from dirt and debris.
Give it some help
A good idea is to check the insulation and general energy efficiency of your home. Windows and attics, drafty doors and poorly insulated walls mean your HVAC has to work harder and longer to maintain a comfortable temperature. The added benefit here is lower utility bills.
Schedule regular maintenance
A professional HVAC repair company like Legacy Mechanical can be your system’s best friend. Our trained technicians are experienced to notice issues with your HVAC before they become major problems. When you catch an issue early, it may stop a minor problem from becoming a major expense.
Your HVAC has to serve you through constant weather changes and long periods of extreme hot and cold. Make sure it is up to the task with a few simple maintenance steps and the trained professionals at Legacy Mechanical.