Did you know that August 21 is World Senior Citizen’s Day? Celebrated since 1991 as a result of a United Nations proclamation, the day is dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting senior citizens while also celebrating the contributions made by older adults.

It’s a worthy celebration raising important issues and is a day we should all participate in. That said, you don’t want your heating and air conditioning unit to be celebrated this August 21.

If your unit or its components get too old, it won’t function properly and it could even lead to health issues. Today we’ll talk about how to maintain your HVAC unit and how you know when it’s time for a new system.

Keeping Air Filters Clean

A person cleaning the air filter of a ductless unit

Your air filters are a part of your HVAC system that you want to replace consistently. When you look at your filters, you don’t want to see a layer of dust. If you do, it could mean that your filters aren’t able to do their job and it could restrict airflow to your house.

This puts a strain on your unit and can lead to an increase in your utility bills. You can avoid all of these issues by periodically replacing your air filters. In the average home, filters should be replaced at least every 90 days.

However, in the summer it’s a good idea to replace filters every 30 days. Additionally, if you have pets or family members with allergies, you should consistently replace filters at least every 45 to 60 days. Ensuring that your air filters don’t get too old is an easy way to keep your HVAC system running like it’s new and to help extend its lifespan.

Neglecting HVAC Maintenance can Affect your Health

A father, mother, and their daughter wearing face masks indoors

Did you know that your HVAC system plays an important role in maintaining the air quality in your home? It keeps your home’s air free of contaminants, allergens and dust mites.

However, if your filters are dirty, not functioning or if your unit is not properly maintained, it can result in these pollutants circulating throughout your house, leading to a number of health issues.

The presence of allergens, dust, mold or mildew is particularly concerning for those with allergies, respiratory issues or a compromised immune system. If your ducts are not routinely cleaned, mold and dust can build up and circulate throughout your home.

Similarly, if your air filters are dirty, they will not function properly, leading to a number of dangerous particles getting into the air in your home. By periodically cleaning your air ducts, your HVAC unit as well as your air filters, you can ensure that your system is functioning properly and that your home’s air quality is safe.

Is it Time For a New HVAC System

An HVAC technician holding a toolbox and making the call me sign

Even with routine maintenance, at some point, your HVAC system will need to be replaced. The Department of Energy recommends that you replace your HVAC system every 10 to 15 years, as its components begin to deteriorate after this period.

Under the best-case scenario, HVAC systems usually only last for about 15 years. If your unit is over 10 years old, if you’re consistently having to repair your unit or if you’re facing major repairs, it might be time for a new HVAC system.

Additionally, if your system is older and not heating or cooling properly, it might be time for a new one. Unfortunately, HVAC systems are not like a fine wine – or our beloved senior citizens – and they don’t get better with time. If you have questions about the age of your system or if you think that it needs to be replaced, contact HRC Climate Services today at  (801) 373-9440.