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As a Bryant dealer, we’re thrilled to have a system that’s been properly maintained to the extent that it has continued to run well for 43 years. The standard advice is that HVAC systems should have a lifespan between 10-15 years, but the truth is that proper care means your system can continue to operate far beyond that estimate. The fact is, we would much rather help our customers maintain an existing system than put them through the trouble of having an entirely new air conditioner or furnace installed.
Want your HVAC system to last as long as the beauty shown above? These six tips will put you on the road towards a lifelong relationship with your heating and cooling equipment.
Choose The Right System From The Beginning
To ensure that your HVAC system will have a chance of surviving beyond the 15 year mark, you will need to make sure you are getting a system that is right for your home or office. The best way to do this is to consult a professional – they will be able to visit your home and assess your needs. From there, they can make recommendation on what size system you need and what the final setup should look like.
Professional techs will also make recommendations on specific brands. Remember, the techs work with these machines day in and day out, so they know which ones work in which situations. The most expensive system is not always the right choice, and a good tech won’t try to sell you something you don’t need. This is why we began our free second opinion policy – so many homeowners were being told they needed new systems when the ones they had could be repaired. That’s just not how we operate.
Don’t Skip Checkups
Twice yearly checkups (once in the spring and again in the fall) are important, because they allow a professional to check out your system before you start running the air conditioning or heating for long periods of time during the summer and winter months. These checkups help to spot small problems before they become large ones, which ends up saving money over the long run. It also means that problems can be corrected before a disaster occurs…like your air conditioner experiencing an outage when it’s 110° outside!
Keep Your Home A Reasonable Temperature
Trying to keep your home at walk-in freezer temperature during the summer months is not going to do your system any favors. Constant running puts a strain on any HVAC system, which means parts will wear our faster. Instead, try to keep your home a consistent, reasonable temperature. “Reasonable” usually means somewhere in the 70s, but personal preferences can vary – you just want to make sure that the temperature isn’t so high or low that the HVAC system can’t maintain it without running non-stop.
A programmable thermostat can help with this. These devices allow you to set temperature preferences for different times of the day, in order to keep your home comfortable in the most efficient manner possible, which means energy savings for you!
Replace Those Filters & Keep Things Clean
Dirty filters and vents can cause a huge amount of strain on your HVAC system. In order for your system to heat and cool properly, it requires free-flowing air. A clogged filter prevents this, making it harder and harder for your system to reach the programmed temperature for your home, not to mention all of the dirt and dust that ends up being blown back into your environment.
Once a month, check your filter to make sure it isn’t clogged. If it is, replace it. Also check your vents to make sure there are no blockages from dust or dirt. Regularly cleaning vents will also help to extend the life of your system while improving your home’s air quality.
Not Great At Regular Maintenance? Consider A Maintenance Plan
Routine maintenance is key to keeping an HVAC system up and running. Just like your car, these systems need a little love and care to extend their lifespan. If you find that you’re not the best at remembering to schedule checkups, or replace filters, then it might be worthwhile to consider an annual maintenance plan. In this scenario, a tech takes care of all the hard work for you, so that you are left with the peace of mind that comes with a constantly working HVAC system. Plus, if something ever goes wrong, maintenance plan holders get priority service, which can mean a lot when you’re stuck in a house with a rapidly rising temperature.
Keep Those Money-Saving Tips In Mind
While browsing the internet (or our blog), it’s likely that you’ve come across a number of everyday tips to help save you money on energy costs. Things like keeping your blinds closed to prevent bright sun coming in during summer months, or fixing drafts to help maintain a comfortable temperature. Tips like this seem small, but not only do they help to lower your energy costs, they also help to maximize the work of your HVAC system. So don’t shy away from those little money savers – they can become big helps over the lifespan of your heating and cooling system.