Keeping Your Cool This Summer: DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips

As the summer heat intensifies, maintaining your cooling system becomes crucial for both comfort and energy efficiency. Central Comfort Air Conditioning, a leading provider of AC repair and HVAC installation services, offers these handy DIY tips to help you keep your cool all season long.

1. Clean or Replace Air Filters

Clogged air filters can restrict airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and potentially leading to breakdowns. Check and clean or replace your filters every month during peak usage periods.

2. Clear Outdoor Unit

Ensure that the outdoor condensing unit is free from obstructions, such as leaves, grass clippings, or other debris. Clear any vegetation within two feet of the unit to allow proper airflow.

3. Inspect Ductwork

Leaky ductwork can significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Inspect visible ductwork for any gaps or holes and seal them with duct tape or mastic sealant. Consider having a professional duct inspection to identify any hidden leaks.

4. Adjust Thermostat

Setting your thermostat to a reasonable temperature can save you a considerable amount on your energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F (25.6°C) when you’re at home and higher when you’re away.

5. Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air and make a room feel up to 4°F (2.2°C) cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat setting a few degrees and reduce your energy consumption.

6. Shade Windows

Keep your home cooler by shading windows from direct sunlight. Use curtains, blinds, or exterior awnings to block the sun’s rays and reduce heat gain.

7. Schedule Professional Maintenance

While DIY maintenance can help, it’s essential to have your HVAC system serviced by a professional at least once a year. Central Comfort Air Conditioning offers comprehensive tune-ups to ensure your system is running at peak efficiency and to catch any potential issues before they become major problems.

By following these DIY tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance, you can keep your Central Comfort Air Conditioning system running smoothly and efficiently throughout the hottest months of the year.