While we warmly encourage you to engage experts like Riley Heating & Cooling for serious HVAC work, there are certain tasks homeowners can safely and effectively perform on their own. Here are a few DIY tips to help you maintain a healthy and efficient heating and air conditioning system.
Maintain a Clean, Clear HVAC System
One of the simplest ways to optimize heating and air conditioning performance is to keep your system clean and free of obstructions. Regularly inspect and change filters, as a dusty or blocked filter can restrict airflow and reduce system efficiency. Dust and vacuum vents regularly to prevent blockages and maintain optimal air quality.
Monitor Thermostat Settings
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, controlling when your heating or air conditioning turns on and off. Learning how to set your thermostat properly can save on energy bills and prolong your system’s lifespan. Consider setting your thermostat to a lower temperature during winter nights or when you’re away from home.
Seal Leaky Ducts
A typical house may lose up to 20% of its heated or cooled air due to leaks, holes, or poorly connected ducts. Consider seeking out these energy thieves and using duct sealant or metal-backed tape to fix any leaks you find.
Consider an Annual HVAC Inspection
Just as your car benefits from regular tune-ups, your HVAC system should also receive periodic attention from certified professionals. An annual service checkup can help address minor issues before they become major, costly problems.
Invest in Insulation
Heating & Air Conditioning systems can work overtime in poorly insulated homes. By approving your insulation, you can ensure that the air your system works hard to heat or cool stays where it should – inside your home.
Understand When to Call a Professional
Lastly, while there are plenty of proactive steps you can take to keep your HVAC in good condition, it’s important to understand when to call a professional. Complex tasks like refrigerant checks or deep cleaning of the internal components should always be handled by a professional, like the team at Riley Heating & Cooling.
Hopefully, these tips support your DIY endeavors in keeping your Oak Park home comfortable, but for those tasks you need us for, Riley is just a call away!