Harmonizing your comfort with the changing seasons largely depends on a well-maintained heating and cooling system. Here at Clear Air Conditioning & Heating, we believe in empowering our valued clients with DIY approaches that can help maintain the performance of their systems. This article provides several tips to improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning at home.

Ensuring the equipment is clean forms the basis of all heating and cooling efficiency. Dust build-up in the filters impairs functionality, forcing your system to work harder than necessary. Depending on usage, HVAC filters should be replaced every 2-3 months. If you’re a pet owner or have allergies, consider replacing them monthly to maintain a clean environment for your system to operate in.

A word of caution, however — before cleaning your equipment, do remember to switch off the main power to avoid electrocution.

Thermostats play a critical role in controlling temperatures within your home. For every 1 degree you lower or raise your thermostat, you can save up to 3% on your energy bill. A smart or programmable thermostat regulates the indoor temperature according to your settings for different times of the day, saving you money when you’re asleep or away.

Don’t forget the exterior component of your air conditioner, otherwise known as the condenser. Leaves, grass, and other debris may accumulate around it over time. Ideally, there should be at least 2ft of space clear around it. Regular care and cleaning of the condenser go a long way in ensuring efficiency. Be sure to turn off the power before cleaning.

Your heating and air conditioning systems work best with routine maintenance. A quick tune-up at the beginning of every season will make sure they’re ready for the months ahead. Installing weatherstripping around windows and doors can also block cold drafts or heat entry, making temperature control easier on your equipment.

Also, sealing the ductwork can contribute to a significant increase in your system’s functioning. Unsealed ductworks can potentially cause you to lose nearly 20% to 30% of your home’s heated or cooled air.

While these tips can certainly help you maintain the performance of your HVAC system, remember to reach out to professionals for a complete tune-up and inspection at least twice a year. Experts like our team at Clear Air Conditioning & Heating are always ready to help with deeper cleaning, checking circuitry, and much more.

In conclusion, routine care paired with professional maintenance can ensure your heating and air conditioning systems run smoothly, offering you a comfortable and cost-efficient environment year-round.