HVAC systems represent a significant investment for the average Harahan, Louisiana, homeowner. Although HVAC life expectancies vary by model, prolonging the unit’s life helps keep more money in your pocket, so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it maintained.
Schedule an Annual Tuneup
The single most important step toward keeping your HVAC system running past its manufacturer’s expiration date is giving it an annual tuneup. At least once a year, have a professional HVAC technician come to your home and inspect the unit for any signs of wear and tear.
An even better option is signing up for your HVAC company’s maintenance plan with automatic monthly billing. Bryans United offers a no-cost system assessment to help our customers make the best decision for their homes.
Change the Air Filters
Your HVAC system relies on its air filters to provide uninhibited airflow throughout your home, so it’s important to change the filters regularly. Experts recommend changing your system’s main filter every one to three months. However, you should check it monthly for any signs of clogs or dirt accumulation. Keep an eye on your supply vent filters, as well. If you have pets, or if anyone in your home suffers from allergies, change every filter once a month to help improve the indoor air quality.
Give the System a Break
Overworking your HVAC system is a surefire way to add additional wear and tear. While you don’t want to be cutting the system off and on throughout the day, you should be mindful of how you set the thermostat. If you frequently set a low temperature during a hot summer day, start increasing the temperature by 1 degree daily until you become acclimated to a more energy-efficient setting. You can also use a smart thermostat to make adjustments automatically.
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