How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioning System

If you've just recently installed a new HVAC system in your home, it is important for you to understand the simple things you can do to keep that system around longer. The typical lifespan for a home Air Conditioning or Heating system can be anywhere from 10 - 14 years, and following the tips below can help you to increase that lifespan and possibly give you many more years of use from your system.


1) Change Your Filter

One of the most fundamental tasks which goes along with owning a HVAC system, but also one of the most commonly overlooked tasks, is changing your air filter. When your filter becomes clogged, it can cause your air conditioner to overheat and eventually breakdown entirely, meaning you'll have to have it repaired or replaced. This can be costly, as well as leave you without AC during those hot summer months. Being proactive and cleaning or changing your filter regularly means you won't have to worry about that big repair bill in the future.


2) Streamline Your Thermostat Settings

You can easily reduce the load on your HVAC system by paying attention to your daily routine and reflecting it in your Thermostat's settings. If you don't work from home, be sure to adjust your Thermostat when you leave. That way, you're not letting your unit run all day for no reason - increasing the overall lifespan of the system.


3) Identify Problems With Air Flow In Your Home

Another problem which can cause your Air Conditioning system to work more than it needs to is your home's air flow. If there are holes or cracks in your walls or ceilings, this can cause air to leak out and in response your system will work harder to compensate for the leak. Fixing those issues as soon as possible will make sure your HVAC system is only doing the work it needs to do. This can also help you save on costly electricity bills.


4) Clean Your Ducts

Just like cleaning your filter, checking for debris or dust buildup in your ducts can be crucial to extending the longevity of your Air Conditioning system. You can use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to easily remove dust, dirt, or other debris from the inside of your ducts. It's a good idea to do this throughout your house at least twice a year. 


5) Sign Up For A Maintenance Plan

A great way to save on large, costly repair bills is to find local maintenance and repair clubs or plans. Being a member of a repair club is a great way to automate many common maintenance tasks, as well as help you save on the bill in the event that your system does encounter a problem. the  If you live in Tucson, you can sign up for the Choice Club.


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