Maximizing the Life of Your HVAC Equipment

No matter where you live, you rely on your HVAC equipment to keep your family comfortable and safe all year long. 

You have invested a significant amount to purchase and operate your HVAC systems, so it makes sense to take good care of it. Maximizing the useful life of your heating and AC equipment will not only save you money but also help the equipment run more efficiently, saving even more money on your monthly energy bills. 

Here, HVAC experts offer pro tips that will help keep your system going strong for years to come.

Invest in Good Filters for Your HVAC Equipment

You already understand the importance of changing your filter regularly, but that’s not the only consideration with it comes to HVAC filters.

Although your system requires the free intake of air for efficient function, it’s important to minimize the amount of dust and particulates that get into the system. Not only can this affect your indoor air quality but it can shorten the life of your equipment and reduce efficiency.

Invest in a high-quality filter and, no matter how good you think you are about changing it every month, set yourself a calendar reminder to make sure you never go more than 30 days without cleaning or replacing your filter.

Another factor to consider is how much your home’s flooring contributes to the amount of dust and particulates that can get into your system, especially if you have kids or pets. When it comes time to replace your flooring, look into one of the newer materials that are designed to maximize your home’s comfort and safety.

Create a Periodic Heating & AC Maintenance Checklist

In addition to changing the filter every 30 days, there are several other quick and easy tasks you can perform yourself, to prolong the life of your HVAC system

This includes performing a monthly visual check of all components that are accessible. Look for any evidence of leaks as well as damage, rust or corrosion. On outdoor components, clear away any accumulation of leaves or debris and check wires and connections to ensure they haven’t been damaged or frayed. 

Indoors, check for items that may have been stored too close to the equipment. This can block air flow and cause a fire hazard. Check registers and air intake vents, clearing away any accumulated dust or debris with a vacuum or cleaning cloth. 

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance & HVAC Tune-ups

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Just like your car, HVAC manufacturers provide a recommended schedule of maintenance services that are necessary to keep the system running properly and prevent the premature failure of its components. 

Many require an annual professional inspection and maintenance to keep the warranty intact however, experts often recommend a service call just prior to the beginning of both the heating season and the cooling season. If you have a separate furnace and air conditioner, this becomes much more important. 

When you take good care of your heating and air conditioning system, you can rest assured that your HVAC equipment will continue to take good care of you and your family for years to come.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.