How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

A heating or cooling system for your home is a serious investment, and when you have a large cash layout for a home upgrade like this, you want to know that it is going to last, and you are going to get your money’s worth.

Typically, a standard HVAC system should last anywhere between 15 and 25 years, some even longer. However, there are a few factors that will change the length of time it will last. The type and brand of your system, and how you maintain it are two very important factors that need to be considered.

Brands That You Can Trust

When you are installing a system in your home, you need to be able to trust that the brand you are installing is of high quality. The best way to know this is either through research or taking advice from a professional installer or asking friends or family who have installed similar systems. The important thing about brands is just because you know the brand, doesn’t mean it’s a good one. This is not to say that all brands are bad, or all brands are good, it just means that you still need to research, to make sure the system will suit your needs, and work efficiently and effectively in your home.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the most important thing about installing an HVAC system. Like anything with moving parts, it will require regular maintenance, and if you don’t maintain it, you are setting yourself up for a costly future error. You may think that an air conditioning system doesn’t have enough moving parts to maintain regularly, but when you consider what the role of the unit is in your home you may need to think again.

The role of an HVAC system is to alter the air quality in your home. Whether it is to make it warmer or cooler than the current temperature doesn’t matter too much when comparing it to how clean air needs to be circulated through your home to be completely effective. If you have unclean air flowing through your home it can cause health problems, and especially if you have asthmatic family members or anyone in the home who suffers from allergies, regular maintenance is vital for them to maintain good health.

Regular maintenance not only removes and toxins that can cause health issues, it also ensures that any issues within the system itself are tended to before they become too expensive to fix.

How Often Should I Maintain My System to Prolong Its Life?

Standard systems will need maintenance at least once a year even if you don’t use it that often. If you use your system constantly to cool, in summer or heat in winter, you should have the system maintenance performed at the end of each heavy usage season. Mold, mildew, dust and rodent/pest droppings need to be cleaned for the system filters and ducting to ensure a long life is achieved.

Each different type of system requires different types of maintenance so speak to a professional today that can guide you through the process.