The HVAC system is one of the most important parts of your home. After all, no one wants to live in a house that is too hot or too cold. Repairing or replacing an HVAC system can be costly, but you may be able to avoid any unnecessary expenses by taking simple steps to extend the life of your existing system. Try these five tips to help your HVAC system last longer.
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Many homeowners think closing off areas of the home that you use less often can help the HVAC system work better. In reality, doing so could actually have an adverse effect on your system, making it work harder by increasing air pressure. Instead, keep all interior doors open, even to rooms that you don’t use as often, to maximize airflow. Make sure curtains and furniture don’t block vents so that air can move freely.
Give the System a Rest
Just like any other appliance or electronic, your HVAC system doesn’t always need to be running. Turning it off between seasons can extend the life of the system. When the weather is moderate, use ceiling fans to cool the house and close curtains to keep the warm air outside.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Having an HVAC technician perform regular maintenance can prevent larger issues from arising. For best results, schedule a technician to tune up your heating and cooling system before the start of every season. HVAC technicians service equipment and make sure everything is clean and properly adjusted before the system starts running. You should also change the air filter regularly. A clogged filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder to move air and can result in your heating and cooling system wearing down more quickly.
Keep Ducts Clean
Air from the HVAC system moves through your house through a series of ducts, but the air has a much harder time moving efficiently if the ducts become blocked or dirty. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris naturally build up in the ductwork, and gaps can appear in the ducts. Once a year, use a vacuum to clean vents or hire a professional for a deeper clean. Not only do clean ducts move air more smoothly and efficiently, but they also push clean air into your home to help you stay healthier.
Inspect Drains and Pipes
One of the most expensive repairs for an HVAC system is fixing the outside drainage system or the interior air conditioner drainage tube. Check the drainage pipe regularly for any blockage or debris, and pay special attention during the winter months for potential ice or snow damage.
HVAC repair and installation can be expensive and inconvenient. There’s nothing worse than not having a working heater or air conditioner when seasonal temperatures are at their peak. Taking steps throughout the year to maintain your heating and cooling system can keep it running efficiently and make it last longer, allowing you to rest easy in a comfortable home.