An HVAC system can be an expensive investment so every homeowner should do their utmost to get the full lifespan out of their a/c unit. If you are not feeling rushed to replace by all the new efficiency upgrades and fancy technology available in the latest HVAC models, here are a few tips to keep your unit running strong for the full duration of its lifetime.
Florida is currently in the midst of hurricane season, and it is thankfully quiet so far this year. Knowing how to prepare your air conditioning unit for a potential hurricane is good knowledge to have, especially before a disaster is on the horizon. It can be a little hectic and difficult to find the information you need last minute and buying replacement items such as a/c covers during a hurricane scare can be even harder.
Not all air conditioning unit failures happen suddenly without warning. Often there are signs and symptoms of an upcoming failure before it happens. Knowing exactly what to look for is half the battle, the other half is not ignoring the signs and scheduling service.
Homeowners and business owners alike expect their air conditioning systems to function flawlessly when needed, but what do you do when a problem arises? While it is certainly an option for those who prefer a more hands-off approach, you don't need to immediately call maintenance at the start of every little issue. Occasionally a little investigation and a quick fix you can do yourself is all it takes.
An HVAC system is a big expense that fortunately also has a long lifespan. However, just like a vehicle purchase, it will need regular maintenance and tune-ups during this lifespan in order for it to continue to function. You wouldn't expect your car to work effectively for years without an oil change, and you can use the same logic in the care of your A/C. Keeping your system in tip-top shape with Spring and Fall maintenance appointments will help keep it functioning at its best when you need it most. Here are a few more advantages of regular HVAC maintenance.
With the arrival of spring in our great state of Florida, most heating needs are complete, at least until next winter. While springtime may not bring the insufferably high heat of summer, it does ramp up the humidity along with the return of higher temperatures. Humidity is not only a threat to the comfort level in your home, but it is also taxing on HVAC systems designed to remove it if not fit for the job.
To help get the most out of your HVAC system and potentially increase its lifespan, you can take small steps to decrease its overall workload. Even heating your home during the few chilly days in a Florida winter can cause a surprising increase in your energy bill. While it will never be free, you can lower costs and increase efficiency with a bit of HVAC maintenance and adjustment that you can largely do yourself.
Florida is blessed to have very mild winters, and the heating half of your HVAC unit is unlikely to get much thought until the temperatures begin to drop overnight. Of course, it may be tempting to not bother with HVAC maintenance for this small part of the year where it can get a little chilly, but this choice can be rather costly.
While you might find no shortage of reminders about the importance of HVAC maintenance, you may find yourself wondering what exactly happens during a maintenance visit. Not understanding the many steps that go into maintaining the smooth operation of your HVAC system can lead to failed attempts at DIY maintenance.
Let's face it, HVAC systems are an expensive investment into the quality of life at your home or business. Anyone who has sat through sweltering heat and humidity with little more than a fan or perhaps an underperforming window unit to help, knows how much worth an HVAC unit actually has.
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