Your furnace and air conditioner are some of the most important appliances in your home, but like any appliance, they will experience wear and tear over time. Fortunately, you can do a lot as the homeowner to reduce the strain on your HVAC system and potentially extend its life by several years. Here are four tips that will help you protect your HVAC system from wear and tear.
1. Avoid Blocking Airflow
Your HVAC system is designed to circulate a precise volume of air throughout your home. When your system has a blockage at any point, that blockage throws off the air balance and forces the blower motor to work harder. Understanding where airflow blockages can occur will help you preserve your system’s air balance and prevent the blower from working harder and wearing faster.
Your furnace filter is first in line when it comes to maintaining healthy airflow. A filter that is clogged with dirt can choke the air handler and allow dust to build up on sensitive components inside the system. You should also keep the area around the outdoor condenser clear and avoid closing or blocking off any vent registers inside your home.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Shutting off your HVAC system when you’re away from home or at night while you’re asleep would quickly add up to a lot of saved running time for the system. Unfortunately, doing this manually can result in a lot of time waiting for your home to warm up or cool down. With a programmable thermostat, you can achieve this type of precise control over your furnace and air conditioner automatically.
In addition to responding to temperature changes, a programmable thermostat can be set to start or stop your HVAC system at specific times throughout the day. For example, you can set your furnace to start running an hour before you get back from work. This way, you can look forward to a warm home when you arrive while still reducing the wear on your furnace.
3. Don’t Use the Fan “On” Setting
Whether you have a programmable or mechanical thermostat, virtually all of them have a fan setting labeled “Auto” and “On.” This controls the blower motor in your HVAC air handler directly. When set to “Auto,” the blower will only run when the furnace or air conditioner is in use. The “On” setting will cause the blower to run constantly.
Leaving your fan set to “On” will naturally cause the blower motor to wear out much faster since it will run 24/7. The only time it is advantageous to do so is if your HVAC system is equipped with a UV light air purifier or another whole-home filtration device. Otherwise, using the “Auto” setting is recommended to save energy and reduce system wear.
4. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
The more energy efficient your home is, the easier it will be to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and the less you will have to use your HVAC system. There are several ways you can increase home energy efficiency and reduce the strain on your furnace and air conditioner.
One of the most important ways to save energy in your home is to ensure that your attic has ample insulation to prevent conditioned air from escaping. Other measures such as energy-efficient window treatments and cool roof coatings can also help prevent HVAC energy loss.
These tips can help you get several more years of life from your HVAC system when used in conjunction with annual professional maintenance. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs call us today toll-free at 888-611-7191