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How Long Should Your HVAC Unit Last?

How Long Should Your HVAC Unit Last?

How often do you think about your HVAC system? Chances are, it’s not a lot. And most likely, the only time it’s top of mind is when something stops working. But how often should your HVAC system last? Life expectancy of appliances vary greatly, and your HVAC system is no different. No matter the age or make of your unit, regular maintenance is essential for top efficiency and performance. However, even in the best-case scenarios with A/C repair and heating repair, most components of these systems will need replacement at some point.

Tip: When the weather’s nice outside, give your system a break and open your windows! It will save you money in the long run.

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HVAC systems are made up of different components that work tirelessly to keep your home at your ideal temperature:

  • Furnacestransfer heat to air; that air is then sent through your home’s ductwork and out of vents by blower fans.
  • Boilers produce hot water for heating spaces, dehumidification, and other processes.
  • Air conditioners transfer heat from the inside to the outside by transferring heat from the refrigerant to the outdoor air.
  • Heat pumps are energy efficient because they move heat instead of generating it. They tend to work best in moderate climates.

Did you know? Air conditioning saves lives. In fact, research shows that chances of dying on extremely hot summer days has fallen more than 80 percent over the last 50 years. This has been attributed to the rise in affordable air conditioning units.

While it’s inevitable that every system will at some point break down, A/C repair and heating repair on a regular basis can help keep it up and running for as long as possible. Depending on where you live and what kind of system you have, average yearly maintenance runs between $150 and $425. Fortunately, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of do-it-yourself tips to save you money:

  • Check your air filters monthly and replace them when necessary (which could be as often as 30 to 90 days, especially if your home has pets).
  • When it’s time for replacement, consider purchasing a high-efficiency pleated air filter. The folds have the capability to trap extra small particles.
  • Listen for unusual noises—if something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t!

How does having pets affect A/C repair and heating repair? Air filters can catch the pet hair that is travelling through your home—which in turn can clog your system up quickly. Not changing your filters means pet hair will continually be spread throughout your home. Changing them will increase your overall air quality and decrease allergies.

When constant repairs and tune-ups are costing you more than your unit is worth, getting a brand-new replacement can be more cost-effective in the long run. Talk to your expert team at Horizon Services to see how simple installing a new, efficient heating and cooling system can be!