The Unfiltered Blog

June 28, 2017

Taking care of your HVAC system

By Chuck Gassmann, CEO
 
When you were growing up, how many times were you reminded to take care of your belongings? Nice clothes should be neatly hung up, toys should be put away, bikes should not be left in the driveway. If that’s true of small investments like clothing and games, it’s definitely true of your HVAC system. Proper care and maintenance of your system can ensure the investment you made in new, efficient equipment continues to pay off. 
 
When properly maintained, your home’s heating and cooling system will last 17 to 20 years. There are many things you can do to keep your HVAC system running at its best. Here are just a few: 
 
1. Maintain your system
We recommend one yearly tune-up for your air conditioner and one for your furnace. Lack of maintenance can take years off the life expectancy. Plus, the system could lose up to 40 percent efficiency, which means you’ll be paying more in energy bills.
 
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2. Use your system the way it was designed to be used 
It’s tempting to set the thermostat to 68 degrees on those sweltering summer days or 76 on those wicked winter nights. Unfortunately, setting it to the extreme is overworking the system, which will reduce its useful life. Also, if you turn your system on and off frequently, the engine is being overworked. On average, the unit runs 10 minutes before reaching peak efficiency. 
 
Use the schedule feature on your thermostat to set consistent temperature ranges for your home. Find a range of 1-3 degrees where you’re most comfortable and stick to it. 
 
 
3. Choose the right size of system
For years it was common practice to install a bigger unit than what was needed in homes. Now, HVAC professionals can find a unit that is right-sized to your home’s needs. If the unit is not properly sized, it’s most likely working too hard or too inefficiently, which can take time off its useful life.
 
Curious to learn more about right-sizing your system? We wrote a whole blog on it
 
Don’t wait until the last minute 
Now you know how to help extend the life of your HVAC system. Here are a couple reason why it’s important to know the life expectancy of your air conditioning unit.
 
1. Health concerns 
Continuing to use a system past its useful life runs the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. The odorless, colorless and tasteless gas can be deadly if not quickly detected.
 
2. Breakdowns and emergency calls
You may be thinking — if it’s not broke, why replace it? Knowing your system is at the end of its life can help you avoid an unexpected complete breakdown. Emergency replacements can be inconvenient to schedule and expensive. This could leave your family without cooling or heating when you need it most. 
 
If you have more questions about how you can best maintain your current system or if you need information on a replacement system, we’re here to help you. Get in touch with us by calling 515-244-8911 or contacting us online