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Mistakes That Can Shorten the Life of Your Heating System in Chapel Hill, NC

Your heating system is an investment into your home and your comfort over the winter. To maximize the lifespan of your heating system, it is important to service it regularly and keep it clean. After all, the average lifespan of a furnace is thirteen to fifteen years. Why spend money unnecessarily when you can avoid a few mistakes and keep your heating system running for many years? Read below for mistakes that can shorten the life of your heating system.

Not Changing Air Filters in the Triangle Can Cause BIG Problems

This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY thing.  Yet, this is often neglected. Dirt and dust build up on the air filter and prevent the air from flowing properly by your indoor unit. Clogged filters significantly reduce your system’s efficiency and may damage your system’s parts. Air filters should be changed every three months at minimum, no matter the season.  

No Maintenance Will Reduce Your Heating System’s Lifespan

Regular maintenance visits from Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling by one of their highly trained HVAC technicians is imperative to maximizing the lifespan of your heating system. Regular maintenance prevents unnecessary wear and tear and ensures your system is clean and in good working order. During your maintenance visit, the technician will clean the unit and advise you whether the system is performing efficiently.

Keep in mind if there is a problem with your unit, having a regular maintenance schedule is important for your manufacturer’s warranty and extended warranty. Neglecting regular maintenance can potentially void these warranties.

Shutting Vents to Rooms Can Be Costly in Durham, NC

You may have thought that shutting vents to unused rooms would be a good way to save energy. Why spend the extra energy to heat an unused room? This makes sense, but it is a proven myth that closing air ducts does not lead to lower energy bills and may, in fact, damage your heating system.

Shutting vents creates a pressure imbalance and sends the warm air back into your ductwork.  Remember your furnace or air handler can only return the same amount of air that it supplies.  If your heating unit can not move enough air across its heat exchanger; it can lead to hot spots that can cause cracking.  Your furnace will have added pressure and will need to work harder to combat the pressure imbalance created. Whenever your heating system is forced to work harder than it should, it is not running efficiently and adds unnecessary wear and tear to your unit.  

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