Every household appliance has an expected lifespan, and your HVAC system is no different. The expected lifespan is the general estimate of how long an appliance is expected to last given the right circumstances. However, it is only an estimate and there are many factors that can affect the expected lifespan and overall health of your system. Some of these factors include how well the system is maintained, frequency of use, and the age of the system.
Because these factors are so important to your system, you can use them to your advantage and maximize the potential life of your HVAC. Today we are going to give you some tips on caring for and increasing your HVACs lifespan.
Most residential HVAC systems can last up to 15-20 years but only if they are well maintained. Poorly maintained systems often use more energy, breakdown more frequently, and typically require expensive repairs at some point. Regular maintenance appointments are the best way to prevent this future for your HVAC system. These appointments ensure that your system is running efficiently and help catch problems before they develop into larger issues.
If scheduling maintenance appointments for your HVAC system is a challenge, we offer maintenance packages to help keep your HVAC on track. With our flexible maintenance plans your heating and cooling equipment will get the attention it needs and be working at peak efficiency all year long.
Other things you can do to extend the life of your HVAC system
Aside from general maintenance of your HVAC equipment, here are a few other things you can do to help your system live up to its full potential.
Change your air filter
When your HVAC is circulating air, the air filter is constantly at work trapping dust and debris. However, if your filter is full of dust, dirt, and other particles it can restrict the air flow and force your system to work harder to compensate. Changing your air filter regularly will help keep your air clean and reduce unnecessary stress on your HVAC.
Open a window & use fans
Generally, the more you use your HVAC the quicker it will wear out. To reduce wear-and-tear try turning your system off and opening a window and use fans when the weather allows. This may not be something you can do in the dead of summer, but when the evenings or mornings are cooler, it can help. Even doing this for 5-15 minutes a day can help relieve any stuffiness in your home and give your HVAC a break. And using fans throughout the home will make you feel more comfortable without needing to crank the AC lower, reducing your overall HVAC use.
Upgrade your insulation
A long-term option to help your HVAC last longer is upgrading your home's insulation. Because insulation helps regulate your home's temperature, inefficient or outdated insulation forces your HVAC into working harder. High quality insulation, on the other hand, means less work for your HVAC to maintain the desired temperature.
No HVAC unit will last forever but with these tips your system should be able to live a little longer and work better in the meantime. And if you want help with HVAC maintenance or if you notice changes in its performance, we’ll be happy to come take a look - contact us any time, night or day!