Sure, your idea of retail therapy probably doesn’t include cruising down to the local hardware store and reaching into your 401K to buy a new heating and air conditioning system. And why should it? No, that sounds like a weekend gone wrong.
Replacing the HVAC system is probably one of the more expensive and stressful tasks to take on as a homeowner, so let’s talk about how you can keep your current HVAC system alive for as long as possible. (Of course, if your current system is crying out in pain or the environmental police next door are hounding at you to get something more energy efficient, we still encourage the upgrade.)
1. Clean Filters Make Happy HVAC’s
What a lot of people don’t realize is that the majority of people suffering the pain of a troublesome heating and air conditioning system just need to take a quick look at the filter. This alone can be a major factor in the performance of an otherwise great system.
As professionals, we can’t count the number of times a service call could’ve been avoided if only the filter had been changed sooner—years sooner, that is. Dirty, clogged-up filters aren’t going to do you any favors, and while we love coming to fix your system, a new filter might be all you need if you want your system to keep breathing.
We recommend: Change your filter monthly. If you cannot change it every month, make it a point to clean it monthly and replace it every other month.
2. Regular Maintenance Isn’t Just for Cars
Yes, that’s a nice Mustang. I’m sure you keep it well maintained. How about you show a little of that love to your HVAC system?
Now that you’ve replaced the air filter, you need to remember to stay on top of routine maintenance with your system, and this includes essential tune-up work. This approach makes it almost certain you’ll spot possible problems before they leave you sweating in your La-Z-Boy in July without AC. This is when we, the professionals, can make adjustments in order to enhance performance, as well as address the need for minor air conditioning repairs.
We recommend: Have a professional look at the system periodically to make adjustments, enhance performance and address minor repairs.
3. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Finally, be careful not to overwork your system. We get it, you just bought a new gleaming HVAC system with enough power to cool the empire state building. However, as beefy as it may be, the kinder you are to it now, the kinder it will be to you in the years to come. What’s more, allowing it to perform at a lower capacity is the ideal way to ensure you get peak performance for the life of your system.
We recommend: Don’t force it to meet unrealistic highs or lows, don’t leave it off completely and then demand it to reach an extreme temperature and make use of a programmable thermostat in order to make this possible.
Have an HVAC system that you’re unsure about? Has it been awhile since you’ve changed your filters or had it looked at by a professional? Contact Mr. Reliable today and we’ll send someone out who can get you back on the right track!