Nobody wants to pay more for their HVAC than needed, which is why ensuring your unit lasts as long as possible is a priority. Luckily, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to significantly improve their HVAC unit life span, without compromising on performance.
We will take a look at ways to preserve your temperature control system for as long as possible, potentially extending its life by several years.
What is the average life of an HVAC unit?
A newer HVAC system is expected to last somewhere between ten and twenty-five years. Factors such as heavy use, climate and the layout of your home can make a difference to the HVAC unit’s life span.
If you want to extend and optimize the function of your unit, we recommend the following actions.
Extending the life of your HVAC system
Scheduling regular services for your HVAC system
Timely and consistent servicing is probably the best way to ensure that your HVAC lasts as long as possible. We recommend scheduling a service twice a year. As part of the servicing process, a skilled technician will perform a full inspection of the system. This allows any faults or signs of wear to be discovered early, before they have a chance to cause significant (and costly) problems.
Servicing also includes a range of routine maintenance tasks that are essential for your system to run efficiently.
Change your filters
Changing the filters in your system is a straightforward task, but one that can make a big difference. We recommend that filters are changed every three months. A filter change would be completed as part of a routine maintenance service, but homeowners should also change filters in between scheduled services.
Insulate your home
The harder an HVAC system has to work, the more likely it is to deteriorate rapidly. Sufficient insulation minimizes the temperature variations in the property, meaning the unit doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Consider Smart temperature control
Smart temperature control enables the HVAC system to be controlled remotely. Using Smart Technology, it’s possible to keep HVAC use to a minimum. For example, when you’re not home, you can turn the HVAC down to a lower setting to save energy. You can then raise the setting when you plan to return. Not only does this type of technology have the potential to lower your utility bills, it means your HVAC is working as efficiently as possible.
Check your ducting
Dirty or leaking ducts mean your HVAC unit has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Over time, this increased workload puts additional strain on the unit, making it more likely to wear out.
We suggest an annual duct inspection (with cleaning if necessary) to avoid any issues.