Don’t Let Extreme Weather Wreak Havoc with Your HVAC System
If you live in the high desert of Albuquerque or the Pacific Northwest, HVAC systems aren’t top-of-mind because you’re rarely too hot or too cold. You likely have a furnace but not central air, and if you have both, neither work too hard. But for the vast majority of people, weather extremes are a part of you general climate. Minneapolis can go from -30 in January to 105 in July. The Atlantic coast is humid in the summer, and the desert Southwest can reach 115 degrees or more. Areas that endure severe swings or extremes in temperatures and precipitation place significant stress on HVAC systems. Often results dramatically shorten the life of an HVAC system or create a loop of costly repairs. Here are three ways to keep your HVAC system running optimally in these tough environments.
First, reduce the stress on the system. The best way to extend the health and life of your HVAC system is to ensure that it doesn’t work too hard when it’s not necessary. On hot days, close your curtains to cap the internal temperature of your house. Likewise, on cold days, open up blinds and curtains to let the sun shine in! Both of these activities can save a few percentage points of energy and over 10-20 years, that can have a big impact.
Second, do your own maintenance. Don’t open things up and tinker but every-so-often, just go look at your system. Make sure there aren’t any loose cords or corrosion happening. When HVAC systems work hard, they tend to show wear and tear a bit more obviously. While you’re at it, change the air filter. In high-use seasons, changing your filter every month will improve efficiency and give you the freshest air possible flowing through your home.
Finally, have an annual inspection performed by an experienced technician. The real benefit of a technician is not in fixing a small, immediate problem, but spotting a large problem before it happens. Also, as the technician comes back year-after-year, they get to know your system and that institutional knowledge can only benefit your system.
Extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on your HVAC. But by reducing workload, performing micro maintenance, and having an annual inspection, you can get this critical piece of equipment working properly for years – providing you maximum comfort with minimal effort.