At `Riley Heating & Cooling`, we believe in empowering homeowners with the knowledge to take care of their heating and cooling system. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are essential components in ensuring your home’s comfort. While professional maintenance is undoubtedly important, there are several do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks to help your system work efficiently.
The simplest yet most effective way to keep your system running optimally is regular cleaning. Over time, filters tend to accumulate dust and debris which can hurt the efficiency of your HVAC system. Replace or clean your filters every 30-90 days, depending on the type and use.
Seal Your Ductwork
Modern homes in Oak Park mainly rely on a series of air ducts for air circulation. Unfortunately, the efficacy of your HVAC system diminishes significantly if these air ducts leak. Therefore, sealing your ductwork is another beneficial DIY attempt, which can prevent air leaks and improve the efficiency of your system.
Unblock Vents and Registers
Sometimes, the simple issue of blocked vents or registers can affect the performance of your heating and cooling system. Make sure all vents and registers in your home are fully open and not blocked by furniture or curtains.
Correct Thermostat Settings
Your HVAC’s thermostat plays a larger role in managing the system’s efficiency than many people realize. Wisely managing the setting can result in significant energy and cost savings. For optimal settings, set your thermostat to around 68°F in colder months and 78°F during the warmer months.
Lastly, a clever and easy DIY trick to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is through strategic landscaping. Planting trees or installing awnings in certain areas can provide enough shade to reduce the strain on your air conditioning system.
In conclusion, optimising your HVAC system doesn’t always need to be a daunting task. These DIY tips have outlined simple ways to ensure that your heating and cooling system runs efficiently. For larger issues or professional maintenance, always reach out to HVAC professionals. An expert’s touch enhances the longevity of your system, keeps your home comfortable, and can help avoid significant repair costs down the line.