5 Tips to Extend the Life of your HVAC System in NYC


The average life of an HVAC system is nearly 12 to 15 years while the furnaces last for 20 years. However, this estimate is highly variable as the life expectancy of an HVAC usually depends on the type of system, usage, maintenance, and the quality of the components. 

Given the extreme weather conditions in New York City, you are required to run your HVAC system year-round, day and night. With such heavy usage, your HVAC system will have a shorter life than the average. 

No homeowner wants to deal with the concern or expense of replacing any component of their HVAC system. Luckily, you can avoid an untimely replacement of the system and avoid repair expenses by keeping it in good working order. 

Here are some steps to prolong the life of your HVAC system and its components as well. 

Clean the Outdoor Unit:

Over the years, the outdoor unit is trapped with leaves, grass, dirt, and other debris. These components easily enter and clog your heat pump or AC. Consequently, the airflow is restricted to the unit, making the system work harder. Even worse, the system breaks down. 

This is why you should clean the outdoor component very often. Clear away the debris, grass, leaves, and low-hanging branches around the system. Use a low-pressure hose to spray off the unit. Or you can use a brush or broom to remove dust or trapped leaves. 

Use the “Auto” Fan Setting:

Generally, HVAC systems come with two fan settings: “auto” mode and “on” mode. Auto mode runs the fan according to the heating or cooling of the system while “on” mode runs the fan constantly. While “on” mode traps the dust outside to provide more clean air, it forces the system to work much harder which may affect its life. As the dust trapped outside, the filters are clogged up faster, requiring you to change them constantly. So use the “auto” mode as possible. 

Set at the Right Temperature:

Make sure to set the thermostat at the right temperature.

Most homeowners believe that 68 degrees temp. is ideal for a 100-degree day. But that’s not true. It only makes your system work harder and adds to the bill as well. The ideal setting for the temperature inside is between 74.3 and 78 degrees during the summers. It is better if you install a programmable thermostat that lets you set the desired temp. for when you arrive home. 

Schedule a Routine Checkups and Maintenance:

HVAC system needs to run almost throughout the year, especially in a city like NYC. This is why routine maintenance is important to keep it up and running.

From rigorous checkup, cleaning of the major parts, changing the filters to unclogging the drain line, make sure your HVAC is getting complete maintenance. 

Give Your HVAC System a Break:

Working constantly to heat or cool an entire property 365 days a year takes a heavy toll on the performance and the components of an HVAC system. Besides, it increases your utility bills. If possible, give your HVAC system a break. Here’s how…

  • Use window coverings to control the impact of sunlight. 
  • Close curtains and tilt-blinds to make your room cool.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air from the HVAC system to maintain the indoor temperature. 
  • Install sealing leaks around windows and doors to prevent drafts and heat intrusion. 

With the help of these simple tips, you can extend the life of your HVAC system in NYC and avoid unnecessary repair costs. Best of luck!

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