One of the main ways you can keep your HVAC functioning for as long as possible is actually to run it less. Inadequate insulation means cool air escapes your house quickly, resulting in your air conditioner running not only longer, but more often. Attics are typically hotspots for poor insulation and should be the first stop when checking for sufficient insulation. Also check the weather stripping around your home for any gaps that could be letting out your cool air.
HVAC maintenance should be scheduled twice a year for all systems. The beginning of many HVAC problems start off small and unnoticed during the regular operation of the unit. Fixing these minor issues are then simple adjustments undertaken during maintenance and usually included in the original cost of the tune-up appointment. Failure to get these regular tune-ups completed allows larger, more expensive problems to occur that can reduce the lifespan of your air conditioner. HVAC maintenance is integral to the health and longevity of your unit and should not be skipped at all costs.
Balancing Fan Control
Many homeowners are unsure whether they should set their fan control option to automatic or on. A fan set to on will run 24/7, meaning more even heating and cooling of your home as well as removing more dust, dirt and allergens from cycling air through a filter constantly. This setting comes at the cost of lowering the overall lifespan of the fan and the HVAC unit entirely from endless work. The automatic setting means the fan only runs when your HVAC is actively heating or cooling. The positives of the automatic setting are your filters last longer, and your air conditioning system is not working continuously, meaning lower energy bills and a longer lifespan.
Caring For Your Condenser
The condenser is the outdoor unit portion of your HVAC system. Keeping it clean and maintaining the flow of air around the unit will keep unnecessary strain from taking years off the life of your system. While the internals will be handled during an HVAC maintenance check-up, keeping the outside of the unit clean is your responsibility. Be sure to keep it clear of vegetation, and brush, wipe, or hose it clean of dirt and debris buildup. With your condenser in tip-top shape, air cooling is more efficient resulting in reduced running time overall.
These are just a few of the many tips that are an important part of caring for your HVAC unit to ensure you get the full lifespan. Proper HVAC maintenance, both twice yearly from a professional and normal care and cleaning from yourself, will be the first line of defense against serious unit failure and needing an early replacement. For HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance needs, contact our friendly professionals at East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.