Replacing an entire HVAC system is no quick (or cheap) endeavor. And if your system shuts down, it’s not exactly something you can put off repairing or replacing either. Sure, in the summertime, you might be able to open some windows to get some relief, but it’s not going to be a comfortable time. And in the winter, heat in the home is essential!
Needless to say, doing everything possible to extend the life of your HVAC system is a must. This is one area where investing in some affordable and minor maintenance earlier on is well worth it to avoid costly renovations down the line. And it’ll help ensure your system runs more efficiently, too, allowing for lower monthly energy bills, cleaner air to breathe, and a more comfortable living space.
Here are some suggestions we have for those looking to maintain a more efficient (and longer-lasting) HVAC system.
Retrofitting your existing system with new and improved parts is a great way to extend its life without a total overhaul. This could mean replacing the compressor or adding things like condenser fan controls, demand-controlled ventilation, and air side economizers.
In the end, you’ll save a lot of energy with upgraded parts and that big renovation will be avoided. Just remember – replace your equipment with the most energy efficient models possible. It’ll be well worth it!
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Purchasing a thermostat that changes temperature automatically ensures you’re covered if you forget to adjust it before going to work, leaving for vacation, or heading out for the day. It will also automatically adjust your home to be as close to the outdoor temperature as possible (without leaving you too hot or cold in the process), so that you save as much as you can on energy bills.
In addition, programmable thermostats are more reliable and consistent, they’re super convenient for those with a busy lifestyle, and your HVAC system will run much more efficiently overall.
Keep the Unit Clear of Debris
It’s not uncommon for your vents to fill with dirt, dust, leaves, and other outdoor materials. If you notice clogs or buildup, turn the system off, then do your best to clear everything out. You can even grab your vacuum hose to get those hard-to-reach spots! Good airflow is vital for your HVAC system’s health, so this is one step that can go a long way.
On this same note, make sure your vents and returns aren’t blocked by furniture, as this prohibits optimal airflow.
And the outdoor unit? There should be a 1 – 2 foot clearance around it with at least 5 feet of space overhead. That means no surrounding it with bushes, shrubs, or other plants. And the shadier the area, the better! This will prevent overheating.
Change Your Filters
Changing your filter once every couple of months will play a big part in keeping your HVAC system healthier all around. The nice part about this task is that it’s easy, inexpensive, and it doesn’t take long to do! Just pull the old filter out and put the new filter in for cleaner air and that heightened efficiency you desire.
Also, keep in mind that how often a person needs to change their filter will vary based on the size of the home, the amount of people in it, whether or not they have pets, and the size of the city they live in. For instance, a big family with dogs living in New York City will need to switch out their filter more often than a couple living in a more rural area with no kids or pets.
Another thing to consider is if anyone in your home has allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues. If yes, then you’ll want to change out your filter more often to ensure they don’t fall ill or have flare-ups.
Other Factors to Consider
We’ve offered some bigger suggestions already, but here are a few more small things to keep in mind as you operate your HVAC system.
- Keep your curtains closed throughout the day. This prevents the strong summer sun from heating up your home (which would then force your unit to work harder). On the flip side, open your curtains or blinds in the winter to invite in as much natural warmth as possible!
- Minimize dryer and oven use in the summer. The more these appliances are used, the hotter your home will get, and your HVAC system will experience more pressure to keep your home cooler.
- Invest in fans. Both floor fans and ceiling fans help to circulate the air in your home, thus distributing the hot and cold air more evenly throughout it. End result? Your HVAC system uses a lot less energy.
Schedule Seasonal Maintenance
There are lots of things you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system running more efficiently, but in the end nothing beats a professional evaluation from a certified professional. You should be scheduling maintenance at least once every year to ensure there are no damages, clogs, or other issues hindering performance.
An in-depth analysis done by a qualified expert ensures the entire system is examined and even the smallest imperfections are located. Whether there are wiring issues, problems with piping or venting, damaged coils, or something else, the team at Airbusters is certain we can locate any inefficiencies in your system. Give us a call today! 615-488-7742.