Maximize Comfort with DIY Heating and AC Maintenance

As the seasons change, ensuring your home’s heating and cooling systems are running efficiently becomes a top priority. While professional maintenance from a

Dependable Heating & A/C Company

like JBD Air Conditioning & Heating Services is recommended, there are several DIY tasks you can perform to maximize comfort and potentially extend the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

Air Filter Replacement

Clogged air filters can significantly reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. It’s recommended to change your air filters every three months or as needed based on usage and household conditions.

  1. Locate the air filter compartment, typically found in the return air duct or the HVAC unit itself.
  2. Note the size and type of filter required for your system.
  3. Remove the old filter and discard it properly.
  4. Insert the new filter, ensuring it’s facing the correct direction.

Outdoor Unit Cleaning

The outdoor condenser unit for your air conditioner can accumulate dirt, leaves, and debris over time, reducing its ability to dissipate heat effectively. Follow these steps to clean the unit:

  1. Turn off the power to the unit at the circuit breaker or disconnect switch.
  2. Use a soft-bristle brush or a vacuum cleaner to remove any visible debris from the unit.
  3. Gently straighten any bent fins on the condenser coils using a fin comb (available at hardware stores).
  4. Clear any obstructions from the area around the unit to ensure proper airflow.

Thermostat Calibration

An improperly calibrated thermostat can cause your HVAC system to cycle on and off more frequently than necessary, leading to increased energy consumption and wear and tear. To calibrate your thermostat:

  1. Locate the thermostat and remove its cover.
  2. Check the owner’s manual for calibration instructions specific to your model.
  3. Use a digital thermometer to measure the room temperature and compare it to the thermostat reading.
  4. Adjust the thermostat as needed to match the actual room temperature.

By performing these simple DIY maintenance tasks, you can help ensure your heating and cooling systems operate at peak efficiency, providing optimal comfort while potentially reducing energy costs and prolonging the lifespan of your equipment. However, it’s still recommended to schedule professional maintenance with JBD Air Conditioning & Heating Services at least once a year to catch any potential issues and keep your HVAC system running smoothly.