Your indoor air conditioner plays a huge part in the atmosphere of your home. It’s amazing the difference it can make but you never really notice it until it’s not functioning properly or the temperature is not at a satisfactory level. Heating and air conditioning units should last somewhere between 12 and 15 years but if you take good care of them you can prolong their life even more. Here are some tips for making your HVAC systems last as long as they possibly can to get the most out of your money.
- Initial Investment
When you are first purchasing your indoor air conditioner, it needs to be a higher quality unit. You can’t buy the cheapest unit and hope that it lasts the same as a high performance, high quality system. This high quality units are made to be strong and more resilient to the normal wear and tear that happens int he metallic work. Their parts are usually backed by manufacturer guarantee as well so if you do need to replace something, it may be free if it is covered by the warranty. However, if a company is comfortable enough to guarantee their products, that’s a good sign that they are good quality parts.
- Regular Inspections
Your air conditioner needs to be checked by a professional HVAC technician every now and again purely for preventative reasons. A good rule of thumb is to have your unit checked after each heavy use seasons which is summer and winter. So fall and spring are the best times to schedule your system’s check up. The inspections are not very pricey and will save you a lot of money if something does need to be fixed. Catching those things early make them a much smaller problem. Plus you’ll never have to worry about summer or winter hitting and your cooling or heating all of a sudden not working when you need it.
- Replace Filters
Dirty air filters should be replaced at least once a year or whenever they get dirty. If you have pets that shed, you may need to replace them more often than that. These air filters literally filter particles while taking in air in order to keep those things from clogging up the indoor air conditioner. The unit will last so much longer if you make sure that the air intake part of the system is kept clean and clear.
- Clean Vents
Air vents get dusty, that’s just the way it goes. However if your air vents get clogged up then the indoor air conditioner will have to work a lot harder in order to get the air into the house and this will cause a lot of strain on the unit, wearing it down quicker. Making sure that the air vents are clean is important for your unit’s functionality but it also makes your air quality much better and cleaner.
- Clean Ducts
The air ducts are the passage ways to and from the heating and cooling unit. These can get really dusty and full of waste. Just like with the air vents, if the ducts get clogged then the system has to really work to push air throughout the home. You can either clean air ducts yourself or you can call in a specialist to get it done. Having a specialist come in may be a better choice because something the air ducts are a little difficult to get to and you don’t want to inadvertently damage something in the system trying to get to the ducts.
- Clean the Compressor
This is definitely one for the experts. The compressor is basically the AC unit itself. It can accumulate particles just like the vents and ducts and these things can be very difficult to get rid of. If you don’t have it regular cleaned then the whole unit could become damaged because of the air flow being restricted for to long.
Keeping up with these few tips will help your system to last past it’s life span and to function properly and efficiently the entire time you have it. Keep in mind that maintaining your AC unit isn’t just for the unit but it’s for the comfort and well being of you and your family as well.