Modern heating and air conditioning systems are complex. Although they are well-engineered and built to last a long time, like any machine, they eventually wear out — even in the Bay Area’s mild climate.
Because replacement is a big investment, it’s important to schedule regular inspections and maintenance by a reputable and experienced local HVAC contractor. But what about ways that you can help extend the life of your HVAC? Here are four simple things you can do to take the strain off your system and keep it operating at peak efficiency.
4 Tips for Increasing the Lifespan and Efficiency of Your HVAC System
- Change your air filters regularly. This is the simplest thing you can do to ease the workload on your system. A dirty filter forces your system to work harder to circulate air. How often you need to change them depends on how dusty your environment is and whether the home has pets or smokers. Most homeowners will need to change filters sometime within a 90-day period. You should do a visual check once a month or so.
- Install a smart thermostat. This simple upgrade will pay for itself pretty quickly. Energy-efficient programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set room temperatures for the times you use them. For example, you can schedule it to lower temps during the day when you’re gone and raise them in the evenings before you get home. This not only conserves energy to lower your utility bills, it lessens unnecessary wear and tear on your system.
- Upgrade your home’s insulation. The better your house is insulated against outdoor temps, the less your heating and cooling system has to run, extending its lifespan and lowering your bills. Take steps to block leaks around windows and doors, and consider adding insulation where needed, such as in the basement.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Just like clogged filters, dirty ducts will increase the load on your system and worsen your indoor air quality with airborne dust particles and other allergens. Your ducts don’t need to be cleaned as often as filters, but you should have your HVAC contractor inspect and clean them if necessary every few years.
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