World Senior Citizen’s Day is NOT for your HVAC System
August 21 is World Senior Citizen’s Day. The celebration, which is the result of a United Nations’ proclamation, aims to raise awareness about issues affecting older adults, to recognize, and celebrate the contributions that senior citizens make. It’s an important day and one that highlights noteworthy issues.
Yet, you don’t want your HVAC system to be among those honored on World Senior Citizen’s Day. Today we’ll focus on ways that you can keep your system working like it’s a new heating and air conditioning system and we’ll help you to know when it’s time to replace it with a new HVAC system.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
If you look at your air filters and see a layer of dust, it’s time to replace them. When your air filters are dirty, they aren’t effective. Plus, if they’re really dirty they can start to suffocate your system and significantly reduce airflow.
As you can imagine, this makes your system less effective and your electric bill more expensive. Avoid those headaches by keeping your air filters in good condition. For the average home, air filters should be replaced at least every 90 days.
However, if your system is under additional strain, you’ll want to replace filters every month. Additionally, if you have family members with allergies or respiratory illnesses, it’s a good idea to replace filters every 45 to 60 days. To be on the safe side, it’s smart to get in the habit of checking your air filters once a month to ensure that they’re clean and functioning properly.
Avoid Health Issues with Regular Maintenance
Your HVAC system helps to ensure that the air in your home is safe and clean. It keeps allergens, pollutants, and dust from your air and ensures that your indoor air quality is good quality. This helps you to avoid a number of illnesses and diseases and is an important part of keeping your family safe and healthy.
However, if your system is not properly maintained, it can have a negative impact on your air quality. If your ducts are not cleaned, mold and mildew can build up in them and circulate. Additionally, if your air filters are not clean, they cannot effectively keep contaminants from circulating throughout your home.
The best way to ensure that you have good air quality in your home is by keeping air filters clean, professionally cleaning your air conditioner and heater at least once a year. Cleaning your air ducts at least every three years will also help maintain favorable air quality. Staying on top of this maintenance can help you and your family avoid allergies, respiratory issues, and other illnesses.
Does Your System Seem to Always Need HVAC Services?
Even with the best maintenance, at some point, your system might start to need repairs on a regular basis. If this is the case, it might be time to consider replacing your unit.
The average HVAC unit lasts around 10 to 15 years, even under the best conditions. If your system is not heating or cooling properly and if you’re facing costly repairs then it might mean that it’s time to get a new HVAC system.
While fine wine gets better with age, sadly your HVAC system does not. If you are unsure about the age of your unit or are concerned that it needs to be replaced, call LenAire, Inc. today (318) 936-2296 to schedule a consultation.