There is nothing better than a cup of warm coffee or tea while snuggling in the warmth of your living room during the winter season. Thanks to your ever-reliable furnace, you get to enjoy these simple pleasures in life. Whether you recently purchased your HVAC system or had it installed in your home for a decade already; like any other smart homeowner, you must have wanted to extend the life of your furnace and make the best out of it.
According to experts, the average lifespan of an HVAC system is 15 – 20 years. However, due to constant wear and tear, some furnaces may not reach their ideal life expectancy. If you want to make the most out of your HVAC system, then here are some effective tips on how to extend the life span of your furnace.
1. Change the filter regularly
The filter is a very important part of your furnace. If the filter is dirty and clogged, then you and your family will be breathing in dusty and dirty air. Not to mention that it makes your furnace work overtime and increases your energy consumption. Cleaning and changing your filter regularly offers many benefits to you and to your furnace. It improves your home’s air quality, turns your home more energy efficient, and extends the life of your furnace.
2. Don’t let the furnace overwork
This tip helps a lot, especially if your furnace has been working for more than a couple of years already. The older the furnace is, the less load it can handle. You will know if the furnace is overworking if it kicks on frequently. When using your furnace, make sure that the door is properly closed, there is no leakage around your windows and doors, and avoid adjusting the thermostat every now and then. Make sure to address the humidity issues inside your home right away too.
3. Have it serviced regularly
Prevention is better than cure; this is particularly true when it comes to your furnace. Regular maintenance can do wonders in extending the life span of your HVAC system. Call a professional to service your furnace. During the maintenance, furnace technicians will examine your furnace including its parts. With this, they will be able to detect any issues regarding your HVAC system no matter how small it may be. Thus, you will be able to address and fix any problem, and prevent it from getting worse and cause more serious damage.
4. Upgrade the thermostat
If you are still using the old analog-style thermostat, then make sure to upgrade it to a better one the moment you get the chance. Modern thermostat is programmable; which means, your furnace can take a rest and doesn’t need to operate all the time. You can set your thermostat in a lower setting when you are going out or during nighttime. This way, you are reducing the load on your furnace and making it energy efficient at the same time.