Have you had the same wardrobe since you were in college? Do you drive your car until it stutters and puffs out one final cloud of exhaust? If you’re the kind of person who wants to get every penny’s worth out of your purchases, then you’re probably also concerned with the lifespan of the HVAC system in your Bath, Pennsylvania, home. If you hope to keep your HVAC system for another five years, watch out for these efficiency-reducing factors which decrease the lifespan of your system.
Improper System Size
Unfortunately, HVAC systems are not one-size-fits-all. A system that is not properly sized for the space it’s expected to heat will not do its job efficiently. For example, an oversized system – since it’s so large – spends most of its time in its warm-up phase, which uses the most energy of all the phases. The decreased efficiency caused by an oversized system can reduce its lifespan.
Lack of Maintenance
Maintenance is the key to keeping up the efficiency of a heating and cooling system. Without regular, professional maintenance, an HVAC system will drop in efficiency, reducing its lifespan. Preventive maintenance also allows HVAC technicians to catch potential issues before they become fatal and result in the overall failure of the system.
Too much strain on the HVAC system results in reduced efficiency and may reduce the lifespan of the system. Extra strain is placed on the system when it (and the area around it) is dirty, and when the system must maintain a temperature vastly different from the temperature outside of the home. Reduce strain by keeping your home and HVAC system clean and by installing a programmable thermostat that will more efficiently maintain temperature.
With a few changes in your home, you can rest easy (and comfortably), knowing that your HVAC system still has a few years left. For professional assistance in preserving the lifespan of your system, call Sullivan Oil & Propane at (610) 810-3992.
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