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DIY Home Heating and Cooling Maintenance

Stay Cozy and Efficient with These Simple Tips

At VM O’Leary Sheet Metal & Heating, we understand the importance of reliable heating and cooling solutions for your home. While professional maintenance is always recommended, there are several DIY tasks you can perform to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently. Follow these tips to save energy, reduce costs, and prolong the life of your equipment.

Air Filter Replacement

  • Check your air filters monthly and replace them every 3 to 6 months, or sooner if they appear dirty.
  • Clogged filters restrict airflow, making your system work harder and increasing energy consumption.
  • Be sure to use the correct size and type of filter recommended by the manufacturer.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  • Keep the area around your outdoor unit clear of debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, or shrubs.
  • Gently clean the condenser coils with a soft brush or vacuum attachment.
  • Ensure the unit is level and stable, and check for any signs of damage or rust.

Thermostat Adjustments

  • Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it there. Frequent adjustments can waste energy.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures when you’re away or sleeping.
  • In the summer, set the temperature a few degrees higher than normal when you’re home, and even higher when you’re away.
  • In the winter, dress warmly and set the thermostat a few degrees cooler than usual.

Ductwork Inspection

  • Inspect accessible ductwork for any leaks or disconnections, which can cause energy loss and air quality issues.
  • Seal any leaks or gaps with duct sealant or metal-backed tape.
  • Consider having your ductwork professionally cleaned every few years to remove built-up dirt and debris.

By following these simple DIY tips, you can help ensure your heating and cooling system operates at peak efficiency, saving you money on energy bills and prolonging the life of your equipment. Remember, for more complex issues or professional maintenance, always consult the experts at VM O’Leary Sheet Metal & Heating.