One of the most important systems in your home is your HVAC system. Here in Denver, it’s impossible to live without some type of heating and cooling system in place. Of course, throwing another log on the fire would do the trick. But fireplaces only work for the area surrounding the fireplace. And they do very little for efficiency.
For most of us throughout the front range, our homes have gas-forced systems; natural gas is one of the best ways to heat and cool our homes. But like any system, it has a finite life cycle. From the moment you install it, it’s on a downward cycle until it no longer works.
How long should your HVAC system last? There isn’t a definitive answer. It largely depends on how you use it and how well it’s maintained. Every manufacturer builds the system in slightly different ways, so it depends on who made your system too.
If you’re thinking of upgrading and want the longest life possible for your HVAC system, keep these things in mind.
Maintenance is the best predictor of longevity. If you properly maintain your system throughout its life, you can expect the system to serve you for the longest possible time. You can take on some of it as DIY projects. Every season, check and replace the air filter with a high quality filter to ensure the system is operating at optimal efficiency.
Lifespan is also determined by the quality of the installation process. Installing your heating and cooling system isn’t a do it yourself project. Because it impacts the comfort of your home as well as the safety of the air you breathe, it’s important to hire a reputable contractor to install it correctly.
Your HVAC system contains both heating and cooling, as well as ventilation. Your ducts are equally as important to ensure conditioned air is delivered properly throughout your home. Venting should be installed, insulated, and be properly sealed to ensure maximum efficiency throughout your home.
If everything is working properly, your HVAC system should last between 15 and 25 years, depending on the brand and the other factors listed above. If you don’t take proper care of the system, the lifespan can drop considerably.
Looking for a way to increase the longevity of your heating and cooling system? We can help you set up a maintenance routine that will ensure your equipment is well maintained from year to year.