No one wants to deal with the bother or expense of replacing any part of their HVAC system. Purchase and installation costs can set you back a bit, especially for unplanned upgrades. However, you can avoid an untimely replacement of the system in your Dalton, Georgia, home by taking care of it and keeping it in good working order. Preventive measures are always a great money-saving idea. Here are four easy ways that you can prolong the life of your HVAC system and enjoy years of air conditioning comfort.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean
The outdoor unit contains delicate components. Leaves, grass, dirt, and other debris can easily enter and clog your heat pump or air conditioner. Such obstructions can restrict airflow to the unit and cause it to work harder or even stop working completely.
You can prevent damage to the outdoor component by regularly clearing away any weeds, grass, leaves, or low-hanging branches that might affect it. You can spray off the unit with a hose set to low-pressure. Just be sure to turn off the HVAC system before doing so. You can also use a brush or broom to gently remove dust or leaves. Our experts will remove anything wedged inside the unit.
Schedule Routine Preventive Maintenance
Scheduling regular maintenance will ward off potential problems. Our service technicians will keep your heater and air conditioner in top condition by identifying any small issues and correcting them before they turn into big, costly repairs. Preventive maintenance includes:
- Regularly changing the air filter
- Keeping the discharge pipe and air ducts clean
- Lubricating parts as needed
- Assessing the thermostat to ensure that it is working properly and its settings are accurate
Schedule a routine checkup before the start of summer for your air conditioner and the start of winter for your heating system. By doing so, your unit will be ready for the demands of the season.
Give Your HVAC System A Break
You know how great those days off from work feel? The ones when you can just kick back and do nothing at all? Just imagine that your heating and air conditioning system also benefits when it gets a break. Working nonstop to heat or cool an entire house all season long can take a toll on the system and increase your utility bills.
When possible, give your heating and cooling systems a break by dialing back the thermostat. The US Department of Energy suggests recommended settings that are closer to the outdoor temperature. This will prevent frequent on/off cycling and skyrocketing energy bills. Other simple steps you can take include:
- Using window coverings to regulate the impact of sunlight on your home. Allowing the sunlight to come in can add much-needed warmth during winter. Close curtains and tilt blinds to keep the sunlight out during summer.
- Using ceiling fans to help circulate air from the HVAC system is a great way to maintain ideal indoor temperatures.
- Replacing or cleaning your air filter promotes good indoor air quality and helps your system to perform efficiently.
- Sealing leaks around windows and doors prevents drafts and heat intrusion which cause your heating and cooling units to work harder.
Don’t ignore problems with your HVAC system. If you notice a change, especially if it affects comfort and energy usage, get a consultation right away. Timely repairs can also make a big difference in the life and performance of your system.
Dalton Heating & Air provides outstanding repair, maintenance, and installation services. Our service technicians are always happy to provide tips that allow you to maximize comfort and energy savings. We’re here to help you provide the air conditioning solutions your family needs. For additional ways to help you prolong the life of your HVAC system or if you’d like to make an appointment for service, give us a call today at 706-619-2799.
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