The average lifespan of an HVAC system is about 15 to 20 years. The key to having a long lifespan for your HVAC is regular professional maintenance. You'll also need a few tune-ups and repairs along the way. But how can you tell when your HVAC's time is done? Here are the factors to consider when you're deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system.
Fall is just a few short weeks away. Take some time now to prep your HVAC system for the cooler fall weather so you don't end up with no heat on a cold day or night. A little preparation now can save you money from an emergency service call later.
Summer is nearly here and with it, the heat and humidity! Keeping your home cool and comfortable doesn't have to leave you sweating over the rise in your utility bill. There are several ways you can save energy and money on cooling your home.
1. Ceiling Fans - Ceiling fans take far less energy to operate than your cooling system. Most people can set the thermostat between three to five degrees warmer while running ceiling fans and enjoy the same level of cool comfort. Those few degrees of difference, particularly on the hottest days, can result in big savings on your electric bill.
2. Nature - When nights and early mornings are cool, take advantage of nature's heat relief by opening a few windows and turning off your cooling system.
3. Programming - Use a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you are not home, using less energy while away. Set the program to begin cooling your home down to your desired temperature about 30 minutes before you typically return. You will come home to comfortable coolness while saving energy and money.
4. Dodging Drafts - Drafts and air leaks let hot air in and make your cooling system work harder and longer. The harder and longer your system works to cool your home, the more energy and money it uses. Use weather-stripping, caulking or make necessary repairs to eliminate drafts and stop money from flowing right out the window.
5. Block the Sun - Windows don't have to be open to let the heat in. The sun's rays shining through the windows can increase the temperature inside your home. Use energy-efficient window coverings designed to reflect the sun's rays back out and keep them closed during the day. If the idea of closed curtains has you feeling closed in, there are also protective films that can be professionally applied directly to your windows to help block the sun's rays (and heat) while allowing you to enjoy natural light year round.
6. Regular Maintenance - Having your cooling system cleaned and professionally maintained by your home comfort service provider saves you money in more than one way. First, a well-maintained cooling system runs more efficiently and uses less energy to keep your home cool, which means lower utility costs. Second, regular maintenance helps find any potential issues before they become big problems. Something as minor as debris obstructing proper function of fans and coils can cause major damage over time, resulting in unplanned costly repairs during the hottest part of the year. And don't forget to change the filter in for your system every month during the spring and summer when your system is working more often and filters gunk up faster, putting stress on your cooling system.
Staying cool during the summer heat doesn't have to be as expensive as you might expect. A few simple changes can help you save energy and money without sacrificing comfort.