Did you know one of the main causes of HVAC breakdowns is a lack of cleanliness? That’s right. Dirt, dust, and debris buildup are most likely to be the cause of costly repairs and replacement parts. Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can prevent this type of damage and extend the life of your HVAC system. Here are a few quick tips from the experts at The Air Ducts.
1. Invest in air duct cleaning.
If your air ducts are dirty, your HVAC system will have to work harder to pump conditioned air through them. This will require more energy and fuel and over time, it will put your HVAC system under a tremendous amount of strain. Cleaning your air ducts regularly should be a regular part of your HVAC maintenance plan to ensure that your system runs as efficiently and as long as possible.
2. Upgrade your insulation.
If you have insufficient insulation throughout your home, your HVAC system will have to work longer and harder to keep the conditioned air inside your house. As a result, your system will suffer more wear and tear from long run times. To extend the life of your HVAC system and prevent unnecessary wear and tear, it’s a good idea to upgrade the insulation in your home. The professionals at Air Duct can help you by removing old insulation in preparation for adding new home insulation.
3. Schedule two tune-ups per year.
Routine maintenance is very important when it comes to the lifespan of your HVAC system. You should anticipate scheduling two tune-ups annually (ideally right before the peak seasons of summer and winter) to have your AC and furnace inspected, cleaned, and tuned up. With regular maintenance, you’ll deal with fewer costly breakdowns and you’ll also be able to take care of any serious issues before you need to strongly rely on your HVAC system for heat or air conditioning in the dead of summer or winter.
4. Change your filter often.
Your HVAC system needs to be able to breathe to function as efficiently as possible. If your air filter is clogged with dirt and dust, your system will have to work much harder to circulate air throughout your home. Changing your filter often will prevent your system from being overworked and extend its life. Depending on the type of air filter you use, you’ll likely need to change it every 30 days or every three months. However, if you check your filter and see that it’s very dirty, you should change it, even if it’s ahead of schedule.
5. Inspect your outdoor unit.
To make sure the outdoor components of your HVAC system are functioning well, you should perform a quick visual inspection several times a year (especially if you’ve recently experienced extreme weather). Make sure to clear away any leaves, storm debris, or fallen branches from your system, and if you notice any damage, call an HVAC professional right away.