Your HVAC system is always running, and at its current pace, it won’t last forever. The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is only about 12 to 15 years. It’s inevitable that eventually, your HVAC system will break down, and it will be one of the more expensive home appliances to fix up. You’re going to want to delay the process as long as possible, and since replacing or repairing a broken HVAC system isn’t just something you can put off to do in one day, it’s crucial to have a plan to protect your system. Follow these tips to protect your HVAC system from breaking down any time soon.
Plan Two Tune-Ups Per Year
HVAC systems aren’t exactly high maintenance, but that doesn’t mean consistent support isn’t essential. Your air conditioner and furnace units should both be cleaned, inspected, and tuned up at least twice a year. Most people schedule air conditioning service in spring, and furnace service late summer or early autumn. This way, your system will be improved for the very first day you need it.
Swap Out the Filter Regularly
Although your HVAC technician should check up on your filters during your twice-annual inspection, this is really up to you. Most property owners use disposable fiberglass filters or 3-month pleated filters, and these should both be checked upon regularly. If they’re dirty, toss them out. A dirty air filter means your HVAC system has to work extra hard to circulate air through your home, and you don’t want that happening to your system, especially if it’s older.
Protection with Louvers
One way to physically protect the outside of your HVAC systems is by building or surrounding it with louvers. Louvers are barriers that can protect your units from weather conditions, as well as any debris outside – such as leaves, dirt, or trash. They can also protect your HVAC system from any potential outside security threats. If you want to feel a new sense of protection, consider customizing your louvers or even installing industrial-sized louvers.
Use the “Auto Fan” Settings
Many HVAC systems have two fan settings: “auto,” tells the fan only to run when the system is actively heating or cooling, while “on” instructs the fan to run continually. Some systems have dual-speed settings, which allow for a slower and more energy-efficient setting. The main issue it the “on” setting is that forces the system to work harder, therefore shaving time off its life while also clogging up faster. For this reason, set it to “auto,” so you save more energy and power from your HVAC system.
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