Your HVAC is one of the reasons you enjoy comfortable temperatures and high indoor air quality. Many HVACs last for up to a decade without failing. However, some HVACs malfunction prematurely due to improper maintenance and wear and tear. Follow these tips to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
With a smart thermostat, programming isn't needed—you can control your home's temperature levels through your smartphone. Some models are designed to record your HVAC trends and form a schedule that minimizes energy consumption.
A smart thermostat extends the life of your HVAC by reducing its idle time and ensuring it only runs when necessary. Furthermore, this thermostat helps you achieve significant savings on your heating and cooling costs.
Don't Neglect Your Condenser Unit
The condenser unit is susceptible to damage from weather elements and windblown debris. One way to keep it from getting damaged is by clearing vegetation and debris around it. You should also remove trees planted near the unit. The drainage near the condenser unit can also damage it. Leaking pipes can cause the unit to rust. Therefore, ensure you fix any drainage issues.
Inspect Your Home's Insulation
Proper insulation can also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Sufficient insulation minimizes the need for your HVAC system to operate constantly. One of the areas you should focus on when fixing insulation issues is the attic. The attic is highly vulnerable to heat loss. Upgrading insulation in the attic will significantly reduce the air and heat your HVAC unit produces. Also, consider reinforcing the insulation in the walls and basement.
Change the System's Air Filters
One of the reasons your HVAC short cycles is because of dirty air filters. When the air filters are clean, air circulates properly throughout your home. However, when the filters of the HVAC are full of dirt and dust, the system malfunctions. Furthermore, harmful debris and allergens are transferred to the air circulating your house. Ensure you clean and change your air filters regularly.
Reset Your HVAC System
Many HVAC systems have an "Auto" and "On" fan setting. While the fan is set to "Auto," the system only heats or cools when it is operating. The "On" setting means the fan is on at all times.
The "On" setting allows you to breathe easier and helps trap allergens and dust. Nevertheless, this setting overworks your HVAC. The more your HVAC is running, the faster it is wearing out. Sometimes it helps to turn off the system and open windows and fans instead. You should also switch to the "Auto" setting to prevent the unit from running constantly.
For more info, contact a local HVAC company.