6 Ways to Improve the Lifespan of HVAC
One of the most expensive systems within your Mesquite, Texas, home is the HVAC, which provides warm and cool air to maintain a comfortable temperature. Protect your investment and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by following these maintenance tips.
Swap Out the Air Filter
The air filter in your heating and cooling system keeps dirt, dust, pet hair, dander, pollen, and other debris from moving into the system. When it gets too dirty and overloaded with contaminants, the filter can’t do its job properly. The result is an inefficient HVAC system that has to work much harder to produce the same amount of cool or warm air. When the system is working extra hard, components tend to wear out faster, requiring more repairs.
Changing your air filter every month can prevent this problem, so set a reminder to keep up on this easy maintenance task. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, choose a filter that has a higher minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV), since the finer filtration can keep allergens from getting through and keep the air clean.
Regular maintenance by an experienced HVAC professional is one of the best ways to extend the life of your system. The typical service includes a thorough checkup of the system in which your technician will look for damaged or worn out components, along with a quick test for efficiency. During this routine inspection, the technician can pinpoint problem areas and fix them before they cause more serious issues. No one wants to be stuck without a working HVAC system, especially on a hot summer day in Mesquite, so keeping up with maintenance can reduce the risk of this happening.
Repairing Issues Immediately
If something isn’t working properly when your cooling or heating system is running, it’s important to have it checked out right away. Homeowners don’t have the experience to start poking around in their furnaces or air conditioners. You could end up causing more damage that will be expensive to fix. Problems like strange noises, bad odors, and poor air circulation are all concerning, so it’s best to turn the system off and contact an HVAC technician right away.
Keep the Vents Open
Some homeowners think they can reduce energy usage by closing the vents in rooms they don’t use as much as others. However, this tactic can actually cause your system to run less efficiently, forcing it to work harder. As the air pressure increases due to blockages from closed vents, the higher levels of pressure can wear out your ducts quickly. You could even notice cracks and splits in the ducts in areas where the registers or vents were closed. Keep them open in all rooms of your home to keep air flowing at the proper pressure levels.
Clean the Ducts Annually
Built-up dirt, dust, and other debris can lead to poor efficiency and excessive wear on the system as well. An HVAC professional can perform duct cleaning to eliminate the dirt within the ducts, allowing the air to move through the system without collecting contaminants. Another benefit of regular air duct cleaning is improved air quality, so you and your family may notice a decrease in allergic symptoms. Part of the service might also include sanitizing, which can eliminate any mold spores that cause allergies as well.
Check the Outdoor Unit
The condenser for your air conditioner sits outside of your home, typically near the structure on a cement pad or something similar. If you have plants or trees growing near the unit, make sure to keep them trimmed so it doesn’t get obstructed. Vacuum out the coils at the start of each season and the enclosure to get rid of debris that can block the vents and restrict airflow. You can also use a hose to clean off the coil within the condenser, but keep the spray light to avoid damage.
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