Your furnace should last you at least 15 years, and even longer if you take good care of it. The same goes for your air conditioner as well, which is good, because buying either one is expensive. The better you take care of your heater and air conditioner, the longer they are going to last. Here are some tips to keep your HVAC system running better and lasting longer.
Changing your furnace filter regularly will help your system operate more efficiently and avoid breakdowns. A dirty filter can mean air doesn’t circulate as well as it should, and it also may not heat or cool as well as expected. It generally is recommended that you change the filter at least once a year, but depending on the model of your furnace, you may need to change it as often as every three months.
If your furnace is at least 10 years old, you should have it inspected annually, but even if your HVAC system is newer, you can still benefit from yearly HVAC service. A yearly visit from a service technician can ensure your HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency and also that any issues that crop up are found and fixed when they are still small.
Taking care of your HVAC system can be as simple as cleaning it regularly. Furnace and air conditioning units can build up a lot of dust in various places, which can have a big effect on their operation and efficiency. One thing you should do every winter before using your heating system is to open it up and vacuum out whatever compartments you can reach. Dust that settles inside your heating unit can cause problems and also can be a fire risk. It’s also a good idea to make sure any drain lines you have for your furnace and/or water heater are clear of buildup and debris. For your air conditioner, the most important thing to clean is your compressor outside. This unit is exposed to dirt and debris on a constant basis, which can lead to buildup. Hosing it down once or twice a year will go a long way toward improving the efficiency of your cooling system. Air conditioners cost homeowners in the U.S. more than $11 billion each year, so every little bit of maintenance can mean money not spent on repairs.
One area of HVAC systems that many people don’t think about is their thermostat. A thermostat that works properly can help lower your utility bill significantly. You should test your thermostat works both in the spring and fall before the cooling and heating seasons. A good investment to make is to install a smart thermostat so that you can better control your heating and cooling needs and save money on costs.
Following these tips can ensure that you get the most efficient heating and cooling experience and also avoid breakdowns.