6 Tips to Prolonging the life of Your HVAC
You try to eat healthy food, exercise and get 8 hours of sleep to live a healthy lifestyle. But what are you doing to extend the life of your air conditioning and heating system? While your Gold Medal comfort pros are on call to quickly replace old, unreliable units, there are six simple ways to get a longer life out of your heating and cooling system:
Did you know? On average, A/C and heating systems over 12 years old lose up to 60% efficiency over time.
- Regular Maintenance
Preventive maintenance helps your whole system run smoothly year after year. This can ultimately prolong its lifespan.
PROTIP: Schedule a professional tune-up at the start of every season.
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- Duct Cleaning
Dirt, dust, pet hair and more can start to accumulate in your ducts over the years. And that buildup can make it particularly hard for fresh air to pass into your home. This means that your system will start working overtime (costing you money) just to maintain an ideal temperature in your home.
PROTIP: Use a clean rag or vacuum cleaner to loosen and get rid of debris as it starts to build up.
- Break Time
Just like people, your heating and cooling system can benefit from taking an occasional break. Are you leaving town on vacation? Is the weather outside too perfect to keep the windows closed? Turn your system off, open your windows and use ceilings fans. Your system (and your wallet) will thank you!
- Insulate Your Home Properly
Making sure that your walls and roof are properly insulated can help keep the warm and chilly air in (or out) of your house. This means that your system won’t have to work double duty to keep up with deficiencies and reduce the need for the AC or heating repairs.
- Go Outside
While you may not see the outdoor component of your HVAC system daily, it’s important to make a trip back there to make sure it’s not filled with leaves or other debris. If there is something in it, simply brush it clean. Or if it looks like something major may be wrong, be sure to call your Gold Medal expert.
- Change Air Filters
One of the easiest things you can do to reduce the need for A/C or heating repairs is to change air filters on a regular basis. Vacation homes with no pets can wait 6-12 months to change filters. A well-lived-in home with no pets should have filters changed every 90 days. Homeowners with a dog or cat should change their filters every 60 days. And homeowners with multiple pets or allergies should think about changing their filters every 20-45 days.
Don’t forget – your comfort always comes first! If you’ve noticed your energy bills rising, and the reliability of your heating and cooling system dropping, talk to your Gold Medal comfort pros! We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to tackle tough heating and cooling issues.