How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?
The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer? There is no shortcut or easy ‘hack’ to increase your furnace’s longevity, just regular, planned maintenance-oriented servicing.
In reality, the key is treating your Knoxville HVAC system with care and respect. With just a small amount of time and energy, you can increase your furnace lifespan. From our team here at AA Air Company, here are four things you should do to make your furnace last longer:
1. Change Your Filter Regularly
This is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for your heating system. Check with our team, or the manufacturer’s guidelines, to see how frequently you should replace your filter. If you have pets, smoke, or have other factors that might add to the amount of particulates in the air, you’ll want to replace your filter more often.
When filters get clogged with dust and debris, it causes all sorts of problems with your furnace. The airflow becomes restricted, causing the furnace components to work much harder to maintain heat and flow capacity, and therefore wearing down parts of the system more quickly.
2. Schedule Maintenance Annually
You should see one of our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals for maintenance twice a year – to service AC in the warmer months, and Heating in the cooler months. Your equipment might have issues you can’t yet see, hear, or feel.
Fortunately, a trained eye can spot them. Our multi-point checklist ensures our professional team will look for the big AND little issues that can lead to a future breakdown. Also, our technicians will clean the equipment to maintain efficiency and its ability to heat at full capacity, to protect your furnace, as well as your Tennessee home’s air quality.
3. Regulate Your Home’s Humidity
Protecting your furnace from excess moisture is an easy step to forget. Humid temperatures can cause your unit’s parts to deteriorate. This can lead to breakdowns. It can also lead to a cracked heat exchanger, which is expensive to replace, and potentially deadly. Additionally, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, excess humidity can cause a host of other problems in your home.
4. Limit Your Use
In automotive terms, the number of hours your furnace spends running is comparable to a car’s mileage. If you can run your heating system less frequently, you’ll get more use out of it in the long run. How can you do that and still stay in your Comfortable Zone?
A convenient way to do this is by upgrading your thermostat to either a programmable or Wi-Fi/Smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats can automatically turn down your heat during the hours when no one is regularly home. Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to adjust temperatures in your home on your smartphone or computer/laptop, from wherever you are. Take advantage of those crazy days in TN when the temps go from freezing to balmy in the course of a day, by turning the heat off when it’s warm out. You can also monitor your weekly energy usage, so you can consider ways to cut down.
Contact AA Air Company for All Your Furnace Needs
AA Air Company is here to help you in Knoxville, TN, and our surrounding areas to preserve your furnace’s condition. Call us today at 865-689-5290 or request service online to schedule service with one of our highly trained and experienced professionals.