Our residential and commercial customers often ask us how they can prolong the life of their HVAC systems. We’ve put this blog together to address this question and provide helpful tips. Read on to find out!
Change Your Filters
We can’t emphasize this enough. Changing your filters regularly can vastly prolong the life of your HVAC system!
This one simple task can potentially save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in heating and AC repairs. Replacing your filters in a timely manner will also keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, because a clean filter will not block air flow like a clogged one will.
If you don’t have the time to replace filters, or you have too many other things on your mind to remember to change them when you need to, hire HVAC contractors here in the greater Savannah, GA region to handle the task for you. Doing so will give you peace of mind knowing that your heating and cooling system is being cared for properly. It can also prolong the life of your HVAC equipment, in some cases by a number of years.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Along the same lines, make sure that you keep up with any needed maintenance beyond filter replacement. For example, if you hear a rattle, or you notice that your system is cycling on and off too quickly, or you see a puddle of water around your equipment, don’t delay calling for service! If you wait too long, your equipment may experience a failure that requires replacing your unit. If you tend to any maintenance needs right away, you may be able to remedy the problem through small repairs that won’t cost very much.
Set Your Thermostat Properly
Many people don’t know how to set their thermostat correctly. They’ll set it too high or too low, or they won’t adjust it for periods when nobody is home or for night-time use. If you’re not sure how to set your thermostat, or if you need guidance on what you should set it to for different times of the day, Rick’s HVAC here in Savannah can help you.
In general, if you need any assistance with setting or programming your thermostat, our friendly HVAC technicians are available to help you, whether you’re a homeowner, a tenant, a business owner, a facility manager, a property manager, or anyone else. We’re here to assist with your heating and air needs for many reasons, including prolonging the life of your HVAC equipment and saving you money on utility bills.
Keep The Area Clear
It’s important that you keep the area around your heating and cooling equipment clear. For any outdoor units, make sure that dry leaves don’t accumulate. Refrain from planting anything too close to the equipment. Indoors, don’t stack boxes or any belongings close to your HVAC equipment. Doing so can impair its ability to function properly.
Be A Conscientious Consumer!
What do we mean by this? We’re talking about keeping in mind your habits and how they impact your energy usage. Are there simple things you can do to maximize the energy efficiency of your HVAC equipment?
Many people do things absentmindedly that force the heater or air conditioner to work harder than it should. Here are some examples:
- When your heater is running, make sure windows and doors are closed so that your heater doesn’t have to do double-duty trying to keep your house warm.
- The same goes when you’re running the air conditioner; keep your windows closed so that the cooled air doesn’t escape to avoid having to run your AC unit longer.
- In the winter, add another blanket or two to your bed, and wear a sweater in your house. If you’re wearing T-shirts and shorts indoors on a cold day, your heater will have to work overtime to keep you warm.
- Check your vents and make sure they’re open! Instead of adjusting your thermostat or forcing your heater or air conditioner on, check your vents to ensure they’re open and climate controlled air is flowing freely throughout your home.
- Keep vents clear. You may have inadvertently placed a piece of furniture (like a tall bookcase) or home decor (like a plant) in front of a vent, thus blocking the air flow through the room. Check to make sure you haven’t accidentally done this.
- In the summer, dial it up! While it’s nice to have chilly air blasting through the house when it’s hot outside, can you live comfortably setting the thermostat a few degrees higher? Most likely, the answer is yes!
- In the winter, set your thermostat dial lower. Does it need to be balmy indoors? Probably not. You just need it to be comfortable. Set the temperature lower so that your heater doesn’t have to work so hard.
Being a conscientious consumer simply means using common sense and spending some time thinking of ways to help your HVAC equipment work efficiently for you.
Contact Rick’s HVAC For More Tips!
If you’re wondering what else you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC equipment, give us a call! Rick’s HVAC is here to meet the needs of our clients in Georgia. Whether you live in Bloomingdale, Savannah, Rincon, Pooler, or any nearby community, our trustworthy, knowledgeable HVAC technicians are ready to help.
For all your AC and furnace service and repair needs, get in touch with Rick’s HVAC today!