Residential HVAC systems are typically built to last between 10-12 years. The lifespan of your system depends on several factors: How often you use it, how well you maintain it, where the unit is situated, and even the layout of your ductwork.MTB Mechanical understands that a new HVAC unit is an investment. There are plenty of benefits to purchasing a brand-new system, not the least of which is a likely reduction in your overall heating and cooling costs. If you’re like most people, you want to understand exactly how best to extend the life of your HVAC; here are three practical suggestions.
1. Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance
We say it all the time, but regular maintenance of your HVAC system is the absolute best way to extend its life. It’s the reason MTB offers scheduled maintenance plans! Having your entire system inspected at twice a year (preferably once before the cooling season, and once before the heating season) means you’re more likely to catch small issues before they become big, irreparable problems. A trained HVAC technician knowledgeable about your system and the weather patterns in the area knows exactly what to look for. By improving your system’s efficiency incrementally, one maintenance visit at a time, you could literally add years to its lifespan. A few extra years on the back-end can save you thousands of dollars.
2. Change Your Filters
It may seem like such a non-issue, but your filters are your HVAC system’s last line of defense. When working correctly, filters improve efficiency of your system and reduce the number of allergens in your home. When clogged, filters prevent air from flowing out of your ductwork and into your home, making your HVAC unit work overtime. The harder your system has to work, the more energy it expends trying to reach the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Your HVAC system probably needs a break. Here in Charlotte, temperatures swing wildly from season to season, from day to night. A digital thermostat can help your HVAC system moderate itself to prevent overworking its components. As an added benefit, you’ll also save on energy costs and spend less time thinking about “setting the temp.” Programmable thermostats are good for your peace of mind, good for the environment, and good for the long-term health of your HVAC system!
Is your HVAC system over ten years old?
Is it working less efficiently than it used to?
Give the friendly technicians at MTB Mechanical a call today to schedule an HVAC checkup in Charlotte. A little professional assistance could add years to the life of your unit.
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