Extending the Life of your new HVAC System
So you've just invested in a brand new energy efficient HVAC system. You have made a good investment in upping the value of your home as well as creating the best possible indoor air quality possible - probably saving money doing so. Now that you have made that investment, what steps can you take to best protect it and ensure the maximum longevity of the newly installed HVAC system?
The average reported lifespan of HVAC systems range between 12 - 15 years on an air conditioner and up to 20 for a furnace. There is a very real chance that at some point in a homeowners life, replacing the AC or furnace will happen. Usually at the end of the equipment's life, new technology becomes available that dramatically reduces energy consumption and makes that replacement well worth the money.
If you are good to your HVAC system, it will be good to you! Much like a vehicle, proactive maintenance can often extend the average life of your HVAC system. If equipment is neglected, not maintained or overlooked, it is common for the system to become less efficient and cost more to run and repair.
So what steps can we perform to keep our investment in tip-top shape?
Schedule Regular Maintenance
In order to get the best out of your furnace and AC, we very much recommend having your heating and cooling units inspected right before the start of their working seasons - that's twice a year! Have your furnace inspected in late summer or early fall right before the cold season arrives permanently, and your AC inspected in early spring before the heat arrives. Inspections and tune-ups are great for ensuring the equipment is clean and ready to go, but also for spotting any issues that might be about to take place.
Depending on your equipment, a general rule of thumb is to change your furnace filter every month or 2. Dirty air filters reduce airflow which cuts down on efficiency and costs you more money, as well as reduces the quality of air in your home. The easiest way to benefit from your new HVAC system is to change filters regularly.
Run the Fan
If you have a new system, you likely have a variable speed, or 2 blower settings. Putting your thermostat on 'auto' tells the system to only run while the AC is working to cool the home. Putting the setting to 'on' tells the system to run the fan all the time - regardless if the AC is working. Depending on your cooling strategy and home design, having the fan run constantly might be a good summer program, but in the winter season people find that having the fan run constantly can reduce the humidity in the home. This programming should be talked over with your HVAC sales and service technician.
New programmable, digital thermostats are great tools for running your new HVAC system to peak efficiency. They come with apps and are connected to wifi so you can literally control your home's HVAC system from anywhere with an internet connection. Programming your climate settings to your work/home schedule is a great way to reduce the system's workload and can have your home in perfect temps right before you return from work. They are also great for reporting annual energy usage trends by month to see where your are using and saving on energy costs. By creating a maximum efficient schedule. you are extending the life of your new HVAC system to its max.
At 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we are experts at finding the perfect HVAC system for your home and suggesting best practices to get the most out of your new investment. We offer free, in-home, no-obligation sales quotes and are 100% transparent in our pricing. We don't believe in hidden fees. Our family owned and operated company is backed by high industry standards like the HRAI and the BBB. To book and appointment or service, call us at (204) 953-5700 or book online.