It may not be here yet, but soon there will be a chill in the air. Fall's golden leaves and crisp air signal the transition from the sweltering days of summer to the cozy nights of winter. As the temperature drops, there's no better time to ensure your HVAC system functions at its peak. While calling in professionals for a thorough check-up is always a good idea, there are several simple DIY tasks you can undertake to boost your system's performance and efficiency.
Every HVAC system thrives with a clean filter, ensuring pure, unobstructed airflow. Running your furnace with a dirty filter not only makes in less efficient, but it can affect your air quality. Regularly changing your filter can keep your
Your filter acts as the primary defense against dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants. A clean filter promotes efficient airflow and maintains indoor air quality.
Experts often recommend checking your filter monthly and replacing it at least every three months. During high pollen seasons or if you have pets, consider changing it even more frequently.
Filters come with a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). For most households, a MERV rating of 8 to 11 is ideal. However, ensure your HVAC system can handle the filter's resistance level.
Is your air filter dirty? Check for signs of dust, pet hair, and other particles. If the filter is dirty, replace it with a new one. Also, check the air ducts to make sure they are not clogged.
Some of the signs of a dirty air filter include the following:
If you notice any of these signs, it's important to replace your air filter as soon as possible. You should also have your air ducts cleaned regularly to ensure that your home has good indoor air quality. Regularly checking your air filter and air ducts will help keep your home's air clean. Area Sheet Metal can help! Ask us about our exclusive Discount Club.
Did you know that 30% of your home’s energy is lost through the walls and around 25% is lost through the roof? Insulation can help. In fact, a well-insulated home can be a game-changer for HVAC efficiency.
Proper insulation keeps the warmth in and the cold out, reducing the workload on your HVAC system and increasing energy efficiency. Common areas for heat loss include the attic, windows, and doors. By ensuring these areas are well-insulated, you can reduce energy wastage.
Finally, be sure that your weatherstripping is still functioning properly. This DIY solution for doors and windows can effectively seal gaps, preventing drafts and reducing your heating bills.
Unobstructed airflow is key to HVAC efficiency because it allows the system to circulate air more freely. This means that the system doesn't have to work as hard to cool or heat the air, which can save money on energy costs.
Meanwhile, unobstructed airflow can help to improve indoor air quality by reducing the amount of dust and other pollutants in the air.
Here are the basics. First, ensure all vents and registers in your home remain free from blockage. This means moving away furniture, rugs, or curtains that might obstruct airflow.
You’ll also want to consider regular cleaning. Dust and debris can accumulate on and around vents. Vacuum them regularly to maintain unobstructed airflow and improve indoor air quality.
Finally, don't close vents in unused rooms. It can throw off the balance of your HVAC system.
The heart of your HVAC system needs some TLC too. Taking care of the outdoor unit can feel time consuming, but it comes with a myriad of benefits including:
Where do you start when it comes to outdoor unit maintenance? Focus on the following:
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