You’ve only been using your HVAC system for a few years and it’s starting to fail you. The drop in efficiency has caused the utility costs to rise and the comfort to drop in your Okeechobee, Florida, home. You worry that your HVAC system will quit at any moment. Unfortunately, your habits may be to blame. Target these three bad habits to take burdens off your HVAC system and maximize its lifespan:

Neglecting Professional Maintenance

Firstly, nothing will reduce your HVAC system’s lifespan like neglecting professional maintenance. After all, how could your system live for 15 years if you neglect the wear and tear that damages it? Neglecting professional maintenance exacerbates the wear that strains your unit, reducing energy efficiency and comfort. Scheduling professional maintenance at least twice a year will improve energy efficiency and reduce the frequency of repairs.

Heating and Cooling Inefficiently

The harder you run your HVAC system, the more those habits will reduce your unit’s lifespan. We understand that you may want to warm your living space after a day out in the cool winter air. But the further your thermostat setting is from the temperature outside, the harder you push your system to maintain your demands. That strain will reduce your system’s efficiency and could cause wear that reduces its lifespan. Keeping your thermostat setting at 68 degrees will keep your system from straining too much.

Obstructing Airflow

If something in your home is keeping your HVAC system from blowing air freely throughout your living space, your system will strain to provide enough air to meet your temperature demands. You may be unintentionally obstructing airflow with clutter by blocking vents and heat registers or even by forgetting to change a clogged air filter. Cleaning your living space, ensuring that vents are open and replacing the HVAC filter once a month can maximize your system’s lifespan.

Don’t let your bad habits lead to a premature HVAC system replacement. To maximize your HVAC system’s lifespan with professional maintenance, call Miller’s Central Air, Inc. at 863-467-1545.

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