Mastering DIY Home Comfort Solutions

When it comes to maintaining a comfortable living environment, having a well-functioning reliable cooling system and heating system is essential. While professional services from companies like Kelley Brothers are invaluable, there are also some DIY tips and tricks that can help you keep your home’s climate control systems running smoothly.

Air Filter Maintenance

  1. Check and replace your HVAC system’s air filters regularly. Clogged filters can reduce efficiency, increase energy consumption, and potentially cause damage to the system.
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for filter replacement intervals, typically every 1-3 months for basic filters.
  3. Consider upgrading to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for better air quality and improved system performance.

Thermostat Settings

  • Program your thermostat to maintain comfortable temperatures when you’re home and reduce energy usage when you’re away or sleeping.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat a few degrees higher to reduce cooling costs. In the winter, lower the temperature slightly to save on heating.
  • If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of its features to maximize energy efficiency.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  1. Keep the area around your outdoor HVAC unit clear of debris, vegetation, and obstructions for proper airflow.
  2. Gently clean the condenser coils annually with a soft brush or specialized coil cleaner to remove built-up dirt and grime.
  3. Check for any signs of damage or wear on the unit and its components, and address any issues promptly.

Ductwork Inspection

  • Inspect your home’s ductwork for air leaks and seal any gaps or cracks with mastic sealant or metal tape.
  • Ensure that ductwork is properly insulated to prevent energy loss and condensation buildup.
  • Consider having a professional duct cleaning service performed if you notice excessive dust or debris buildup.

By following these DIY tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance with Kelley Brothers, you can keep your home’s cooling and heating systems running efficiently, prolonging their lifespan and ensuring optimal indoor comfort all year round.