Our HVAC systems don’t get half of the credit they deserve. They keep our homes toasty in the winter time and then cool things off when the summer temps begin to soar. But if you’ve had your HVAC system stop working, you’re bound to notice a difference. So, before the next season starts, consider taking care of a few DIY HVAC maintenance items to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.
Before You Try Anything Else, Change Your Filters
When your HVAC system is not heating or cooling your home, discomfort may cause you to panic. Before you schedule an expensive appointment, however, make sure that your filters have been changed properly. Filters should be changed more often than you think, especially when you have pets or are using your AC nonstop. You may even need to swap your filters out every few weeks, but changing your filters won’t matter unless you are using the right replacements. Quality air filters, and consistent replacement, can help prevent many of the problems that plague your home’s heating and cooling system.
Find Professionals to Tackle Major Repairs
Dirty filters can be the root of a lot of HVAC systems, including frozen coils. But if you’ve changed your filter and your AC still isn’t working, you may need some help from the pros. After all, no AC on a sweltering summer day can be hazardous to your health, not to mention extremely uncomfortable. So if changing your filters, or other simple maintenance, doesn’t work, do your homework to find trusted local AC pros to get the problem fixed quickly. In the Everett area, AC repair will usually run you from $225 to $311.
Maintain Reasonable Temperatures in Your Home
Consulting the experts is the quickest way to address furnace and AC issues in your home. If you want to avoid those pricey calls throughout the year, however, you need to make sure you are not overworking your system. Maxing out your thermostat on a blustery or sizzling day may feel comfortable to you, but doing so can actually put too much pressure on your heating and cooling system. So go around and make sure your vents aren’t blocked before cranking up the thermostat, and consider investing in a smart thermostat that will keep you comfortable without sacrificing efficiency.
Make Sure Warm or Cool Air is Kept Inside Your Home
Ensuring the air your HVAC system puts out can circulate through your home is important. But keeping that air from escaping is just as essential to maintaining your heating and cooling system. If you live in an older home, it may be beneficial to look into double-paned windows that can help keep your house well-insulated during the winter and summer. Updating your windows is a major project, but it’s one that can preserve the integrity of your HVAC system and keep your home more comfortable. If new windows are not in your budget, you could also use weather stripping around your doors, to keep that cozy air inside where it belongs.
Save Money By Doing Simple Fixes on Your Own
Adding new weather stripping or changing a filter is a maintenance project most homeowners are comfortable doing. But you may not feel completely confident completing other HVAC maintenance tasks without the help of a pro (the average cost of an HVAC inspection is $321). The good news is that you only need to take care of simple HVAC upkeep to prevent major problems from springing up. You’re already changing your filters, but you should also inspect your system to make sure everything looks and runs smoothly. Clear out any brush or overgrowth that springs up around your unit and use a bleach solution to keep your drains unobstructed as well.
Don’t let taking your HVAC system for granted cause you to lose your cool. Instead, start taking better care of your system through basic maintenance tasks on a regular basis. You can knock most out in a matter of minutes or you can always call a pro. Either way, proper HVAC maintenance means having more time to relax and really feel comfortable in your home.
by, Ray Flynn
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