5 Tips to Extend Your HVAC System LifeYour property is most likely your largest investment, so protecting and preserving its value makes sense. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are made to last anywhere from 10-25 years, depending on upkeep, and you can easily extend your HVAC system life with preventive maintenance.

Five HVAC Maintenance Tips

Knowledge is power! We want to empower our friends and neighbors with the information you need to maximize your HVAC system’s lifespan and save money. Here are suggestions for HVAC maintenance that can help you lower costs and lessen the need for (and hassle of) emergency plumbing:

  1. Change the Air Filters – Never go longer than three months without replacing your air filters; once a month is often recommended. The filters are available from nearby home improvement stores, and the do-it-yourself job itself is easy and fast.
  2. Clean the Vents – Regularly dust and wash your supply and return air vents when needed. The dusty buildup lowers the efficiency of the fan blades.
  3. Check Condensation Drains – It’s normal for the tubing to drain water, and if blocked, water could back up into mechanical components and cause damage. Every 2-3 months, check your HVAC drain tubing to ensure it is draining properly.
  4. Clean Inside Registers, Outside Condensing Unit – To extend HVAC system life, airflow needs to be balanced. Inside return registers are best left open and unblocked; in the Houston area, blocked HVAC vents can lead to mildew inside the ductwork. Outside, remove weeds, tree branches, and other nearby debris and wash the unit. Fall and spring are good times for this HVAC maintenance task.
  5. Call Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning – Call 281-651-5484 or request a free quote. Schedule your professional cleaning and inspection; twice a year is recommended but once a year is essential to extend HVAC system life. September/October is a good time to make sure your heating system is ready for a problem-free holiday season! We want you to conserve energy while sustaining our ecology and when you extend your HVAC system life, you can save energy and lower heating and cooling bills. It’s a win-win!