The average lifespan of a typical HVAC unit is about 15 years. However, homeowners in Ballwin, Missouri, can take several steps to make the HVAC units in their homes last longer than that. Here are seven ways you can extend the life of your HVAC system:
Schedule Annual Service Visits
Having your system serviced annually will help it continue to function efficiently. During a service visit, an HVAC service technician will inspect, clean and tune your system. The service technician will:
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clear the condensate drain line.
- Clean the condenser.
- Perform other tasks that’ll make the system more efficient.
Annual service visits will:
- Help keep your utility bills in check.
- Decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs.
- Extend the life of the unit.
Schedule Duct Cleaning
Over time, dirt, dust and debris accumulate in your ductwork. As a result, they make it harder for conditioned air to pass through. Furthermore, gaps and cracks are likely to appear in ductwork as it ages, allowing conditioned air to escape before it reaches the interior of your home.
Having your ducts cleaned and inspected occasionally can help your unit last longer. That’s because clean, sealed ducts reduce the amount of strain the unit experiences. This isn’t an annual task; most homeowners only need to have their ducts cleaned every four or five years.
Set Your Thermostat to a Reasonable Temperature
One of the most effective ways to extend the life of your unit is to set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature. Most air conditioners are designed to maintain about a 20-degree difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures. So if the outdoor temperature in Clayton is 95 degrees, the lowest temperature your system can reach is about 75 degrees. Setting your thermostat below 75 degrees will cause your air conditioner to run all day in a futile attempt to cool your home, creating a huge load on our system that’s completely unnecessary.
Change the Air Filter Regularly
Change your air filter about once every three months. It’s easy to change and can make a big difference in how your system operates. Dirty air filters make it harder for your HVAC system to circulate air through your home. As a result, they put unnecessary strain on the unit.
Check Your Condenser Unit
Check your condenser unit often to make sure it’s clean and has enough clearance around it to operate efficiently. It needs about two feet of space around it to function well, so trim bushes and hedges back to this level. Sweep around the unit often to eliminate leaves, twigs and other debris that could interfere with its ability to perform. Wipe it down occasionally to remove dirt.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat gives you the ability to program your temperature settings, allowing your HVAC system to run only when necessary. However, temperature programming is just the tip of the iceberg. A smart thermostat connects to your home’s WiFi. As a result, it:
- Allows you to access it through an app on any mobile device.
- Lets you raise and lower the temperature settings from anywhere.
Furthermore, some smart thermostats actually learn your habits, adjusting temperature settings without any input from you. They’ll also send you system maintenance reminders and relay information, such as data concerning your energy consumption and your home’s humidity levels.
Lower Your System’s Burden
Lower the burden you put on your system by:
- Using ceiling fans.
- Shutting blinds in the summer and opening them in the winter.
- Insulating your home well.
- Sealing air leaks around doors and windows.
Anything you can do to help your system work less will help it last longer.
Ready to take the steps that’ll extend the life of your HVAC system? Give the HVAC experts at Averill Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 314-328-0437. We’d love to help you get started on a service plan today.
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