Five Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

| 5/31/2016 11:28:00 AM

Tags: Air Conditioning, Heating, Adrienne Z Milligan, Gluten Free Preppers, WA State, Washington State, HVAC Unit,

Adrienne Z. MilliganIf you are like me, I tend to remember my furnace only when the weather turns cold. Once it gets turned off for the summer, I forget all about it. Having forgotten about it come summer, then I remember how I did not change the filter or maintenance before turning it off. I hope these five ways will help you – and me – prolong the life of the HVAC units in our homes and businesses.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units can be costly to repair. Having to replace your unit more often than needed adds even greater costs. Who wants to spend that kind of money repairing the HVAC unit again and again? I know I do not. I also do not want to have to replace the HVAC unit before the anticipated time projected by the warranty or average life of a unit. Do you?

HVAC filters can get extremely dirty if not cleaned regularly. Copyright Bigstock Photo

Here are Five Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

1. Keep storage, clutter, and dust clear of the unit. Air flow around the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is needed to keep the unit cooler. Keeping the area dust-free keeps vents from becoming over clogged.

2. Clean or replace the filters as needed. Window air conditioning units typically have a filter which is easy to clean and reuse. Furnace filters need to be replaced – at least quarterly, if not monthly. Most hardware or home improvement stores carry these filters. Look on your filter before going to the store for the correct size. (Take a pic of your filter size on your smart phone for easier recall when at the store.) Filters are usually available in regular or hypoallergenic options.

Take a picture of the filter with size showing on your phone. Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

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