Eat your veggies. Don’t smoke. Exercise often. Whether we learned them from parents, doctors or as a consequence of our own choices, we can list many of the strategies we need to stay healthy. However, fewer homeowners in West Palm Beach, Florida, can list the strategies that will keep their HVAC systems healthy. Implement these four simple habits to extend HVAC system lifespan and stay comfortable for many years to come:
Size Your System Correctly
Size is an important factor of your HVAC system. Inherent in every living space is a heating and cooling "load," which takes into account the size and shape of your home and determines how much power an HVAC system would need to keep that entire space comfortable.
An HVAC system that’s too small will strain to reach the thermostat setting, and it’ll run all day with little to show for it. A system that’s too large will spend most of its time in its startup cycle, the most energy-draining cycle of an HVAC system’s runtime.
In both cases, the size issue causes your system unnecessary strain. As a result, it reduces its HVAC system lifespan. Have your local HVAC professional check the size of your system and ensure that it meets the needs of your living space.
Cool With Less Strain
Your HVAC system’s lifespan depends almost completely on how you treat it. If you take it easy on your unit, it’ll give you more than a decade of comfort and high indoor air quality. Push it too hard and you’ll end up with high utility costs and a system that dies younger.
Many homeowners push their systems by forcing them to keep their homes up to 40 degrees cooler than the temperature outside. We understand you want to stay comfortable, but such a temperature difference will drastically strain your system.
Instead of working your system to its utter limits, cut it some slack. During the summer, keep your thermostat setting between 75 and 77 degrees or even warmer. That may not be your ideal temperature, but it’ll improve your unit’s efficiency and extend its lifespan.
Use a Smart Thermostat
You lead a busy life and you can’t always manage every aspect of your HVAC system to guarantee an extended lifespan. Fortunately, you can have a programmable or smart thermostat do the work for you.
Use a programmable thermostat to set your system to keep your home at different temperatures during different points of the day. For example, if your house is empty for six hours, you can program the thermostat to keep your living space much warmer during that time. As a result, it’ll reduce the strain on your HVAC system and decrease energy bills.
With a smart thermostat, you can program your thermostat from the convenience of your smartphone. That can come in handy when you’re on vacation or at work and forgot to change your programming. Many smart thermostats also send you regular energy diagnostics that can show you where you may be wasting energy and consequently straining your cooling system.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
The best strategy for extending your HVAC system’s lifespan is to schedule regular preventive maintenance. Even if you perfectly execute these other strategies, your system will experience regular wear and tear. Without proper care, the system may fail earlier than it should. One minor issue can snowball into a series of damages that increase utility costs, impact your comfort and reduce the system’s lifespan.
Schedule regular preventive maintenance at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall, before your HVAC system must face extreme temperatures. During a preventive maintenance appointment, service technicians will:
- Replace worn or broken components
- Clean your system
- Recommend further changes for better care
Like any other piece of machinery, HVAC systems require some TLC. To schedule HVAC preventive maintenance that will extend your system’s lifespan, call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587. We’re here to help you get the most out of your HVAC system for years to come.
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