How to increase the HVAC expectancy
Maintenance extends your HVAC Life.
The average life expectancy of most HVAC systems is only 10 to 15 years. After that, their performance starts to drop, and they may need repairs due to age.
When the time reaches to choose a new heating or cooling system, but till that time comes, here are five ways to help extend the lifespan of your system.
Get an HVAC load calculation.
Be sure that when you install a new HVAC system, it is measured accurately. The size of the system needs a determination of load calculation performed. It is important because having an incorrectly sized system will cause extra wear.
A system that's too small for the area will run continuously trying to heat or cool it, but it won't be able to keep you comfortable due to the irregular sizes.
A system that's too big will have to shut on and off regularly because it reaches the temperature too fast, and this will cause moisture issues as well as wear on the system.
Perform regular furnace and A/C maintenance
Having an annual maintenance performed on your system is one of the most tangible ways to extend the life expectancy of your HVAC system.
Think about your car: You wouldn't go years without changing the oil and having it serviced. Well, it's the same with your heating and air system. It is something that runs almost 365 days of the year, so take care of it!
During a maintenance inspection, your system needs checking for possible problems before they turn into major repairs, as well as have a thorough cleaning of parts that need it, such as your coil. They'll flush your drain line to get all the gunk out of it to prevent water leaks and make sure your system is running at its top efficiency.
Change your air filter.
An easy, but necessary, step to extend the lifespan of your system is to change your filters.
When your air filters are dirty and clogged, it's harder for the air to pass through. It means that your system has to work harder to try and reach your set temperature.
Energy.gov says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5 to 10 per cent.
Don't overwork your system.
Be reasonable about the temperatures you set your thermostat. On a 100-degree day, don't put thermostat to 68 degrees. It will never reach that temperature, but it will run all day trying.
Another great way to ensure that your system gets rest is to install a programmable thermostat. By having one, when you're not home your system doesn't have to work as hard, but you can set it to be your desired temperature for when you arrive home.
Go beyond the HVAC system.
And finally, there are many simple steps you can take to help extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Majors such as:
closing your blinds during the summer to keep the sunlight out;
making sure the area is properly sealed and insulated;
clearing your outdoor system of sticks and debris; changing your filters, and scheduling an annual inspection.