Keeping Your HVAC System in Top Shape – DIY Tips from the Experts

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Maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is crucial for ensuring optimal performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. At Bay-Care Heating & Air, we understand the importance of proper HVAC maintenance, whether it’s for residential or commercial properties. In this article, we’ll share some DIY tips to help you keep your HVAC system running smoothly.

Air Filter Replacement

  1. Locate the air filter(s) in your HVAC system. They are typically found in the return air duct or the blower compartment.
  2. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for filter replacement intervals, usually every 1-3 months for residential systems.
  3. Carefully remove the old filter and replace it with a new one of the same size and MERV rating.
  4. Ensure the new filter is properly installed and the access panel is securely closed.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  • Clear away any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or dirt, that may have accumulated around the outdoor unit.
  • Trim back any vegetation growing within 2-3 feet of the unit to ensure proper airflow.
  • Gently clean the fins on the outdoor unit with a soft-bristle brush or a garden hose to remove dirt and dust buildup.

Thermostat Adjustment

Properly setting your thermostat can help optimize energy efficiency and prolong the life of your HVAC system. Consider the following tips:

  • Set the temperature a few degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter to reduce energy consumption.
  • Use the programmable features to adjust the temperature based on your schedule and when you’re away from home or the office.
  • Ensure the thermostat is located away from direct sunlight, drafts, or heat-generating appliances for accurate temperature readings.

Professional Maintenance

While DIY maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, it’s essential to schedule regular professional maintenance. At Bay-Care Heating & Air, our experienced technicians service the areas of Dagsboro, DE, Millsboro, DE, Frankford, DE, Millville, DE, Ocean View, DE, and Berlin, MD. Our comprehensive maintenance services include:

  • Thorough inspection and cleaning of all components
  • Refrigerant level checks and adjustments
  • Electrical and safety checks
  • Lubrication of moving parts

By following these DIY tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance, you can ensure your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency, providing reliable comfort and healthy indoor air quality for years to come.