In an average household, heating and cooling expenses often represent the highest portion of energy costs. Keeping your systems efficiently operating is essential, which is why Holt Plumbing and Heating decided to prepare some handy DIY tips.
Maintain Your Filters Regularly
Dirty filters can dramatically impact your system’s functionality and lead to allergy problems and other health issues. For efficient cooling and heating, HVAC filters should be changed or cleaned at least once every three months. However, during high usage periods, monthly maintenance may be necessary. Be sure to consult your system’s user manual for specific instructions.
Keep the Outdoor Component Clean
Your system’s outdoor unit is continuously exposed to dirt, debris and other environmental elements that can clog it and reduce its efficiency. At least once a year, turn off the power to your unit and use a garden hose to gently clean out any accumulated debris. Be sure to check the area around the unit frequently and clear away any leaves or branches to maintain unobstructed airflow.
Assess Your Thermostat
Your thermostat plays a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable home temperature. If your home’s temperature seems off, it might be time to calibrate your thermostat. If your thermostat is older, consider replacing it with a programmable model to achieve better energy savings.
Inspect Ductwork and Vents
Your system’s ductwork and vents play a vital role in heating and cooling your home. A clog or leakage in the ductwork can make your system work harder than it needs to and potentially cause bigger problems in the future. Inspect your ducts periodically for any signs of dust buildup or damage.
Annual Professional Maintenance
Last, but certainly not least, schedule an annual maintenance checkup for your heating and cooling system. Even with the best DIY maintenance, your system might still develop hidden issues that only a professional can detect. This regular maintenance check will ensure minor issues are fixed before developing into significant problems.
Remember, while DIY maintenance can improve your system’s performance and lifespan, it does not replace the need for professional HVAC services. Trust Holt Plumbing and Heating for those times when expert help is required.