Getting the most out of your HVAC system will not only save you the discomfort of being without treated air at the worst possible time, it will save you money in the long run. There are plenty of little things that you can be doing today that will in fact extend the life of your heating and cooling system for many years to come.
Take a look outside at the fan housing, and begin to clear away anything that will impede the flow of air into those vents. If you have brush or tree limbs too close, trim them away now. Make sure there is nothing inside that could impact the free movement of the fans, otherwise the motor will be running harder to try and keep the fans moving.
Walk around the house and check out all the weather-stripping on doors and windows. Severe leaks mean that your HVAC system has to run harder to try and maintain a desired room temperature. Spend a couple of dollars and re-strip any areas where you can feel air escaping.
Don’t trust that the thermostat is in fact working correctly. Get a reading to see how accurate the thermostat really is. Even if it is off a few degrees, that is time your system is running hard that is shouldn’t be. Adjusting the thermostat accordingly will allow you to extend the life of the system.
Make sure you are replacing your air filter on a regular basis. When you have a dirty filter, the treated air is more difficult to push through, so the HVAC system is working harder and harder to do the same work it used to do in less time. Check the filters and clean them monthly. Replace if beyond cleaning, and never let three months pass without changing them.
Investing a few dollars in regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance by professionals is going to save you a lot of money in the end. These experts will identify trouble while it is a minor repair and fix it now, instead of it being a costly emergency when the HVAC system breaks down.
Those were not painful at all, in fact, you can knock these off easily and have that piece of mind knowing that you are doing everything possible to extend the life of your HVAC system for as long as possible.