When you own a home, understanding the basics of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system is a necessity, especially if you’re based in areas where the seasons run the extremes – such as beautiful Boise, ID and its environs. Not every HVAC issue requires immediate professional assistance. With some knowledge and tools, you can perform basic servicing and troubleshoot minor problems. Let’s explore some essential DIY tips for your HVAC system.
Maintenance is Key
Regular maintenance can save you from major repair costs down the line. Simple activities like cleaning or replacing your air filters every 30-60 days, especially during high usage seasons, can go a long way. Dirty filters can reduce your system’s efficiency and even damage your equipment. Also, don’t forget to keep your outdoor condenser unit clear from leaves and debris and trim any shrubs or plants around it.
Know Your Thermostat
Mastering your thermostat is part of maintaining an efficient HVAC system. During the winter, lower the thermostat by 10-15 degrees when you’re not home to save up to 15% in heating costs. In summer, strive for a consistent, cool temperature. If you’re still using a traditional thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat for better HVAC management.
Check Your Ductwork
Another DIY tip is to inspect your ductwork, especially if it’s located in an unconditioned space like the attic or basement. Poorly sealed or insulated ducts can lead to loss of heated or cooled air- raising your bills. Use a flashlight to look for any visible cracks, holes, or disconnections. If you find any, a duct-sealing tape can be a quick fix until a professional carries out a more thorough repair.
Understand Basic Troubleshooting
Finally, there may be instances when your unit is not working correctly. Before you call a professional, perform simple troubleshooting. If your unit is not turning on, it can be as simple as a tripped breaker or a switched-off switch. If your system is not heating or cooling as it should, check your thermostat settings and your filters before considering a serious problem.
Armed with these tips, you can now handle minor services and avoid unnecessary HVAC repairs. However, not everything should be DIY. When you encounter complex issues or need a regular professional checkup, our team at Jim’s Heating & Cooling is always ready to help keep your system running efficiently.