Extending the life of your HVAC equipment is a great way to save on money. First and foremost, HVAC cost is downright expensive, but what's often overlooked is that you'll also save on the additional costs for repairs by not overexerting your system when your unit isn’t running efficiently. On top of that, Richmond's leading AC repair companies can set up your optimal AC maintenance schedule.
Save on the Cost of Replacing Your System
Assuming you have a 2,000 square foot
home and the needed infrastructure, a new HVAC unit can cost between $1,900 and $5,100. If your home isn’t insulated and you need to add insulation, add labor, and your costs could be outrageous.
Save on Repairing Your Broken System
When you have your system regularly maintained it'll save you on repair costs. As with your health, preventative maintainence can keep you from paying for expensive for expensive repair visits. Here are some ballpark figures, if you need to have your system repaired:
- The service call can run you from $40 to $250. If it’s a weekend or holiday emergency, you’ll have to pay extra
- The cost of labor and parts can run between $200 and $1,500 for a "big" repair. A smaller repair can run from $50 to $200. Even a new thermostat can cost between $80 and $300
- An electrician
Here are Few Step You Can Take To Have Your HVAC Equipment to Last Longer:
#1: Proper Maintenance
Most experts suggest that you have your HVAC unit inspected, serviced and cleaned annually, preferably in the spring. This will keep your system running at peak efficiency.
When your air conditioning unit isn’t regularly maintained it can lose 5% of it’s efficiency. This is due to accumulated dirt, dust, and grime that builds up on the running parts. Even a loss of 5% efficiency will result in an inefficiently cooled house, meaning your system has to run harder, longer.
When it comes to maintainence Howell's is second to none! Contact us to request service on your HVAC to save money today.
#2: Regular Filter Changes
You can extend the life of your HVAC equipment by changing the system’s filter. Changing the filter will cause your system to run smoothly, and it won't have to work as hard to do the same amount of work. How often to change your filter depends on a variety of things, but most importantly, what's in your home:
- 6 - 12 months - single occupant or unoccupied homes with no animals or allergies
- 3 months - Normal home without pets
- 2 months - A home with one cat or dog
- 30 - 45 days - Allergies or multiple pets
#3: Good Home Insulation
One of the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and save yourself money is with good insulation.
- Sealing seams and insulating ductwork can cut your energy expenses by 30%.
- Proper insulating in the attic and walls cuts energy costs.
#4: Stop Leaks in Your Vents
Energy loss in heating and cooling ducts are due to leaks in the ductwork or HVAC equipment, such as your air handler. These losses can run you 25-30% or more in home heating and cooling costs. Finding and repairing leaks can be time-consuming, but well worth it.
#5: Don't Overexert Your System
In order to extend the life of your HVAC system, don’t overexert it! Your HVAC will over-exrt itself by running too long, too high, or by trying to cool/heat a space greater than the system's capacity. It’s best to install a system that is suitable for the square footage of your home.
- A system that’s too large may sound like a good idea because it’ll cool and heat faster; however, it will run on “short cycles.” This cycling causes the system to start and stop more often than necessary.
- A system that’s too small will run constantly and overexert itself in an attempt to cool or heat an area greater than that for which it was built.
An Example: A Homeowner's Tale of Two HVAC Systems
Imagine that you have two units that you bought for the HVAC price of $5,000 each and that each of these units lasts 10 years. These two units would then equal approximately $1,000 per year. By extending the life of these systems you could get an extra three years out of each system. This would save you $1,000 more per year or a total of $3,000.
So, how can you extend the life of these two systems?
- Proper maintenance
- Regular filter changes
- Good home insulation
- No leaks in your vents
- No overexerting your system
Save Your Money and Time with Smart HVAC Care
Extending the life of your HVAC system can add up to savings in your pocket. A well-maintained system will save you from the cost of repairs, which can be expensive, and from the cost of needing to replace a new unit prematurely. We are the go-to place for heating and AC repair and maintenance in Glen Allen and the surrounding areas throughout Richmond!