The HVAC system in your Denver home represents an investment of several thousand dollars, so you want to get a high return before you have to consider new equipment. Every heating and cooling unit comes with an expected lifetime. This indicates how long the manufacturer expects the equipment to last in a normal operating environment. Summit Hating & A/C meets with hundreds of homeowners in the Denver area whose HVAC systems need to be replaced sooner than expected. In most cases, these homeowners did not know how easy it is to minimize wear and tear and to protect the equipment. Here are 10 ways to reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system to make it last as long as possible.
1. Change the Filters
One of the easiest ways to protect your heating and cooling system is to replace the filters on a regular basis. Each filter has instructions about how long it is designed to last. You may need to change the filter more frequently if you live in an area around Denver with high pollen counts, winds, and other factors that may clog the filter sooner. If you would like to know the best replacement filter for your HVAC equipment, the experts at Summit Heating & A/C can help. We can also send one of our technicians to your home to replace the filters.
2. Routine Maintenance
Like any type of machine, heating and cooling systems need some routine maintenance. At Summit Heating & A/C, we offer spring and fall packages for homeowners in and around Denver. We replace the filters, inspect the equipment, and recommend any repairs that are needed for the unit to operate efficiently. We can also take a look at your ducts to see if they need to be professionally cleaned.
3. Clean the Ducts
The ducts of your HVAC system deliver heated or cooled air to every room in your home. While your equipment is designed to trap dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles, sometimes these substances get trapped inside the ducts. You may have openings or tears in the ductwork, or the filter may not be working. Whatever the reasons for build-up inside your ducts, it is best to have them professionally cleaned. The process is quite easy when performed by an experienced technician from Summit Heating & A/C, and we also check for any damage that allows airborne particles into the ducts.
4. Perform Repairs
If your HVAC system needs repairs, even minor ones, we always recommend that Denver homeowners take care of the problem as soon as possible. HVAC systems have a lot of moving parts, and small problems can escalate quickly. What starts out as a minor nuisance can cause your heating system to completely fail this winter, and you may need to replace the entire unit. High expenses such as this can be avoided by performing minor repairs as the problems are found in the equipment.
5. Set the Temperatures
Raising and lowering the temperature on your thermostat throughout the day is a common practice in Denver households. Unfortunately, this also adds to the wear and tear on your HVAC system. The equipment has to work harder and run longer than if you set a constant temperature. It is safe to set a temperature for the daytime and another for nighttime, but anything beyond this can damage the components of your HVAC system. If you want to have different temperatures based on time of day, Summit Heating & A/C can recommend digital thermostats for your home.
6. Keep the Vents Open
Closing the vents to prevent a room from getting too hot in the winter or in an attempt to save on utility costs is another common practice that we see in Denver homes. Unfortunately, this actually causes a backflow of air inside the ducts. As the system continues to deliver air to the rooms with closed vents, pressure builds up inside the ductwork, and this can cause tears in the metal. The backflow of air also makes the blower and other parts work harder. A better solution that will minimize wear and tear on your HVAC equipment is a zone control system from Summit Heating & A/C.
7. Don’t Block Air Intakes
HVAC systems deliver heated air through the vents, and air is also returned to the heating system through air intake vents. Because these vents are typically visible in a room, many homeowners block them with furniture. This obstructs the air circulation that is needed for the HVAC equipment to work properly, and the entire system works harder and runs longer. Make sure to keep the area in front of your air intake vents free of furniture and objects.
8. Check for Pests
Your outdoor and indoor heating system components generate a nice, cozy place for pests to hide during the winter and build their nests. Checking for signs of pests protects your system from gnawed wires, nest materials around moving parts, and critters, making a home inside your ducts. When you check for pests, look for any openings where insects and mice can get inside the equipment and ducts. Watch for small piles of leaves, twigs, and other materials that may indicate a nest. You can schedule an appointment with a technician from Summit Heating & A/C to have your HVAC system inspected for signs of pests.
9. Replace Old Parts
If you have an older HVAC system in your Denver home, make sure to replace parts that are worn out or not working s designed. One of our technicians can perform a thorough inspection and let you know which parts need to be replaced right now and over the next three, six, and 12 months. We also recommend ways to make your older HVAC system run as efficiently as possible.
10. Professional Inspections
Every homeowner in the Denver area benefits from the expertise and insights of a professional inspection from an experienced HVAC technician. Summit Heating & A/C recommends professional inspections in the spring and fall, but you can schedule one anytime. The inspections include checking your filters, adding lubricants, looking for signs of electrical issues, and much more. We also recommend upgrades, such as higher quality filters and smart thermostats, that will reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system and save on utility costs.
Learn More Ways to Make Your Denver Home HVAC System Last Longer
At Summit Heating & A/C, we offer a wide range of heating and cooling solutions for homeowners, including installation, repairs, and maintenance. Call us today to speak with one of our experts and to schedule an appointment with a technician. You can also learn about our high-quality air filters that are in stock, as well as our line of air purifiers and cleaners for improving indoor air quality. We’re ready and willing to help you keep your HVAC system running for a long time.