An HVAC system is expensive, so it would only make sense to want to prolong its life for as long as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to minimize unnecessary wear and tear on your unit. The following practices will do just that and also increase the efficiency of your HVAC unit.
1. Regularly Change Air Filters
While air filters may seem relatively simple and not important to the function of your system, they are one of the most important parts for efficiency. They remove dust and debris from the air as it passes through. While this improves your indoor air quality, it also reduces the amount of debris that settles on the internal parts of your HVAC system.
The build-up of dirt and debris on the internal parts of an HVAC system can cause it to work harder. It can also lead to a clogged condensate line, which can result in the system overheating and shutting down.
If an air filter becomes clogged with dirt and hair, it won’t allow as much air to flow through the system. This can create back pressure within the system and make it work harder. Since the system isn’t pushing out air efficiently, it also takes longer to heat and cool your home. This leads to additional wear and tear on your system as well as increased energy bills.
To avoid these issues, it’s wise to conduct a monthly inspection of your air filter, especially if you have pets. Depending on the type of filter you have, you’ll need to replace or clean it every one to three months.
2. Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you have an outdated thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading it to a newer programmable one. Technology has come a long way, and modern thermostats can optimize the performance of your HVAC system. You can preprogram settings so it runs at certain temperatures at certain times.
For example, if you’re away or sleeping, you can set the thermostat to run at a lower temperature in the winter to conserve energy. The opposite can be done during the summer months. By doing this, you can reduce your energy usage and reduce wear and tear on your system.
You can go a step further and opt for a smart thermostat. These thermostats can learn when you’re away or sleeping and automatically adjust the temperature without your input. Smart thermostats also have the ability to monitor the weather outside and adjust the temperature based on that. You can even connect the thermostat to your phone and monitor it and make desired adjustments while you’re away.
Depending on the model, a smart thermostat can also monitor the health of your system and send you notifications when it’s time for maintenance. Some may also be able to send you reports on your energy usage.
3. Adequately Insulate Your Home
A home that’s not well insulated will have drafts from outside. These drafts make it difficult for your system to maintain a consistent temperature. It’ll have to work more often and for longer periods of time to maintain a comfortable temperature, which leads to unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system. Caulking windows, replacing weather stripping around doors, and insulating your attic can reduce drafts and improve the efficiency of your heat and cooling system.
Additionally, enhanced insulation not only helps with temperature regulation but can also have a positive impact on indoor air quality. One easy and beautiful way to create fresh air is to place some indoor plants around your home. Plants can naturally filter the air, removing pollutants and introducing oxygen, creating a healthier and more pleasant living environment.
4. Schedule Regular Maintenance Visits
Regular maintenance is important for any type of equipment. You should schedule maintenance twice a year: once in the spring before you turn on the AC and once in the fall before your turn on the heat.
During a maintenance visit, a technician will check all of the internal parts and connections. If there’s something that shows wear, they can replace it before it causes a breakdown and a need for an emergency repair. They’ll also check your air filter and ensure your system is running at peak efficiency.
Parts that show signs of wear may not be functioning properly and can cause your system to work harder. Loose wires and clogged air filters lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system. A qualified technician will check all of this and ensure your system is working at peak performance.
Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been serving the residents of Champaign, IL, since 1952. No matter the job, our technicians will arrive with all of the tools and parts needed for the job. No matter the age, make, or model of your system, we can help. Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers installation, maintenance, and repair on heating and cooling systems as well as maintenance agreements and HVAC sheet metal fabrication. Call us today to schedule an appointment for any of your heating and cooling needs. We look forward to serving your indoor climate comfort needs.