As any homeowner will tell you, the HVAC system is one of the most important parts of the home. Without it, you'll find yourself very cold in the Winters, hot in the Summers, and in many cases have a lower quality of air throughout the home. That's why it's so important that your HVAC system remains in good working condition throughout the year.
While it may not be possible to keep your system from breaking down indefinitely, there are some things you can do to make it less likely. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can make life a little easier on your HVAC system, so that it's less likely to break down.
Dust Around Your Home Regularly
One of the easiest things you can do is dust around your home more often. Your HVAC system works by pulling air in from around your home, passing it through the system, and then returning it. If the air that it pulls in is full of dust, this can quickly clog up your system.
A clogged system has to work harder, and this puts a strain on everything. Try to dust the easy to reach areas of your home at least twice a month, and the harder to reach places at least once.
Remove Pet Dander
If you have pets, you'll also want to work on removing pet dander. Just like dust, pet dander gets pulled into the HVAC system were it can quickly clog up the air filter. If you vacuum up the pet dander regularly however, this is less of an issue.
Another thing you can do is frequently groom your pets. Grab a brush and remove any excess hair or fur on a regularly basis, or take them to the groomer. It's much better if pet hair is on your brush rather than in your air.
Besides that, you can also get a heavier filter for your HVAC system - one that is designed for homes with pets. Here are a few more ways to reduce pet dander if you're still having an issue.
Only Run Your HVAC System When Needed
Next, consider running your HVAC system a little less often. The more you run your system, the more the internal parts get used, and the more quickly they wear down. This doesn't mean you need to suffer inside your house if it's particularly hot or cold outside.
Rather, it just means think about grabbing a sweater first or opening some windows before turning to your HVAC system. Not only will this keep your system in better shape for a longer time, but it will also save you money on energy costs.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Finally, the last thing you can do to make life easier on your HVAC system is to perform regular maintenance. Even if you vacuum up dust and pet dander frequently, and run the system less often, your HVAC system still needs some attention.
You'll want to make sure you are replacing the air filters on time and that you're having the system maintained by a professional at least once a year. This will ensure that you have a healthy system for a long time to come.
Help Your System to Take it Easy
The less work your HVAC system has to do, the longer it will last. HVAC repairs and replacements are expensive jobs, so you'll want to do everything you can do prevent or at least delay this need. A few simple home maintenance jobs can make life easier on your HVAC system, so make sure you are making this a priority.
If you'd like to find out more about how to properly take care of your HVAC system, please feel free to contact us at any time.