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How to regain lost HVAC efficiency

Posted on: October 18, 2011

As a homeowner, you probably hear a lot of talk about how your HVAC system loses efficiency over time. This is what people mean when they say furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners, etc. have a limited lifespan – eventually, their efficiency decreases enough that replacing them makes the most sense (it’s not like they self destruct after 15 years!).

If this sounds a little too doom-and-gloomy for you, don’t worry – there are ways to regain some lost efficiency from your HVAC system. In fact, if there’s no serious damage to the unit, it can be very easy to restore it to its original condition! The best part? The magic secret to regaining lost heater or air conditioner efficiency levels is that there is no secret. It’s easy to do!

The easiest way to help maintain efficiency and even recover lost HVAC efficiency is to just change your filters regularly. Changing your air filters once a month does a lot more than improve your home’s air quality – in addition to keeping dust and germs out of your home, filters also keep debris out of places like your blower motor. This is crucial, because as your blower motor gets dirty it has to work harder to spin and blows less air through your ducts.

  • Quick tip – to tell if an air filter is good quality or not, hold your hand behind it and look at it from the other side. If you can see your hand through the fibers, don’t buy it – it’s not going to filter out much.

So changing your air filters is a good way to maintain and restore some of your lost HVAC efficiency. But what if you haven’t taken care of your system in a while? If your air conditioner or furnace is still relatively new and you just haven’t touched it in a while, it is still possible to regain lost HVAC efficiency – provided there is no damage to the unit. It will take about an hour of extra cleaning, but once all the dirt and dust is cleaned out of the interior of the furnace and the ducts, the furnace should be good as new!

When it comes down to it, the easiest way to maintain HVAC efficiency or to restore lost HVAC efficiency is to sign up for a James A. Wheat & Sons Eagle Service Agreement. This way you will automatically receive an annual air conditioner and heating system inspection and tune up that will help you keep your HVAC system at its original efficiency level and can even help you restore lost efficiency if your system hasn’t been looked at in a while. Click here to sign up for an HVAC service agreement from James A. Wheat & Sons today!