Tips To Stretch Your AC's Lifespan
Air conditioning replacement requires significant investment. Fortunately, you only have to replace your AC after many years of use. You can also take measures to stretch the AC's lifespan. Below are some measures that help.
Choose the Right AC
HVAC manufacturers produce different AC types for different users and circumstances. These different AC types also differ in durability. Choose your AC right if you want to use it for as long as possible. For example, ductless mini-splits last several times longer than window or portable ACs.
Ensure Professional Sizing, Design, and Installation
AC size, design, and installation affect how much it has to work to cool your home. The more the AC works, the more it wears and tears, reducing its lifespan. For example, an undersized AC has to work extra hard to blow enough air to cool your home. The AC will also overwork if its ductwork is undersized, indoor and outdoor units mismatch, or thermostat placement is wrong.
Get a professional AC contractor to design and install your system. The professional will consider the relevant factors, including local weather and house layout, to install the right system.
Lighten the System's Load
Don't overload your AC by restricting its airflow or increasing the heat it has to remove from the house. For example, closing the vents or registers or failing to replace the air filter regularly restricts airflow and overworks the AC. Similarly, you overwork the AC if you admit hot air into the house or cook inside on hot days. Overworking strains the system and shortens its lifespan.
Maintain the AC
Regular maintenance prevents issues that affect the AC's performance. Regular maintenance also keeps the AC clean, which reduces friction and overheating, which would otherwise reduce the system's lifespan. Change the filters regularly, clear debris around the inside and outdoor units, and clear the condensate drain. Give the system a professional service at least once every season.
Use the System Only When Necessary
The more the AC runs, the more its end date draws near. Ensure the AC only runs when you need cooling. For example, you can switch off the AC when leaving the house. Alternatively, you can lighten the AC's load by raising the thermostat temperature so the system does not have to lower the temperature too low.
Many measures that ensure durable ACs also help with cooling and energy efficiency. You can take many of these measures even if you already have an AC. For more information on residential HVACs, contact a professional near you.