DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips

by Christine DemosApril 14, 2011

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, heating and cooling typically accounts for about 43 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home. As the largest source of energy in your home, you want to keep the HVAC unit running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Here are a few do-it-yourself tips to keep up the basic maintenance:

  • Inspect, clean or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump to eliminate any build up.
  • Make sure bushes, fences and other obstructions at least three feet away from the unit.
  • Check that air filters are clean and that supply-air and return-air grilles are open and unobstructed.
  • Check the settings on your thermostat. You want to make sure the temperature control position is set to correspond with what you want: heat/cool.

These are simple do-it-yourself tips to help make sure your system is operating efficiently. For larger problems, please consult a professional.

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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!
2 Comments
  • June 28, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how to save energy so that we do not have to pay high electricity bills monthly. Even if we have many electrical appliances (depending on our lifestyles) that does not mean that we have to pay electricity bills. It is just a matter of being practical and knowing how to maintain the top condition of our appliances most especially our HVAC systems. We need these to keep warm at home but we also have to know how to check and maintain them so that we will be able to use them for many years to come.

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:24 am

    This is why it is important to regularly check on our heating as well as cooling systems so that we can identify right away if there are any problems with them. An appliance that is not working properly consumes more electricity. Our heating and cooling systems provide us the comfort that we need and it is up to us maintain their good operating condition so that we can still make use of them for many years to come.

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