The average lifespan for an HVAC system is between 15 and 20 years if you maintain it well, according to the US Department of Energy. However, the average homeowner tends to only call for HVAC service in Cary, NC when their furnace or air conditioner is not working; which is obviously the opposite of proper maintenance to your HVAC system. As such, today we'll discuss the top 3 ways you can maximize your HVAC system's lifespan in Cary, NC.
1. Maintain Your HVAC System
The number one way to maximize your HVAC system's lifespan (including your furnace and air conditioner) is to properly maintain it.
Just as you would change the oil in your car every 3,000-5,000 miles to keep it running properly, you should have your HVAC system professionally checked by a professional at least once a year. Choice HVAC can confirm that your system is operating efficiently with a thorough inspection which may include adding freon or cleaning the ducts.
2. Regularly Change Air Filters
One of the fastest ways to break your HVAC system is to ignore your air filters. As such, one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to maximize the lifespan of your HVAC system is to change the air filters in your home every 1-3 months.
Let's take a step back and think about how an HVAC system operates. When the system is running, it is designed to deliver conditioned air (warm or cool, depending on the weather) by forcing air through the ducts to every room in your home. That air doesn't discriminate. So, as it blows air through the system, any dirt, dust, and other debris that might be hanging out in your home will move with it through the ducts.
This same dirt, dust and debris will find its way onto your furniture (among other things) without an air filter in place. Air filters are designed to "filter" these indoor air pollutants out of your air supply. However, if your air filters are dirty, they won't be able to do this effectively, and they'll slow your system down.
So, change your air filters if you want your HVAC system to see it's 20th birthday.
3. Size Matters
Finally, the best way to maximize the lifespan of your HVAC system in Cary, NC is to make sure that you have the right size HVAC system for your home.
If you've noticed that your HVAC system seems to be running all the time, yet your house consistently has hot or cold spots (and you've made sure there are no air leaks), you may not have the right-sized system for your home.
Unfortunately, some home builders may cut corners during the construction phase of your home's life and install a system that is already too small for your home. If you bought that new home, be sure to push your builder to correct their mistake. However, if you have bought an aged home and find this to be a problem, you may want to contact a professional to calculate the correct size system based on the size of your home and the conditions that impact heating and cooling such as the direction that your home faces, number of windows and doors, etc.
If the HVAC equipment that you have isn’t operating as it should, it certainly won't last. And in some cases, the only way to correct the problem is to buy a new system. While this certainly doesn't maximize your current system, you can make sure that your next investment will last.
The easiest way to find out if your HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency is to Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a maintenance visit today.