Easy Daily or Weekly DIY Home HVAC Maintenance Tips

There’s more to HVAC maintenance than the major stuff. Of course, you should schedule annual preventative maintenance on both the AC and the furnace every year, to be performed by a qualified professional service tech. It supports optimum cooling and heating performance and efficiency and also ensures reliability. Also, annual professional HVAC maintenance is required by the warranty terms of most major brands.

However, there are a few minor HVAC maintenance matters you can — and definitely should — take care of yourself. There are no special tools or training involved; just a few minutes on a regular basis gets it done. Here are some small tasks that helps support the system and keep you comfortable year-round.

  • Change the air filter regularly. Maximum airflow and filtration is associated with consistent temperature control, better indoor air quality, and lower operating costs. During heating season, replace the filter at least every other month. During the summer, when the AC is running, change it monthly.
  • Keep the outdoor AC unit clear. During summer cooling season, keep weeds and other vegetation around the central AC condenser cut back to maintain at least 2 feet of clear space on all sides. This ensures maximum airflow out of the side vents.
  • Check room vents. HVAC maintenance to support balanced cooled and heated airflow requires keeping all supply and return vents fully open and unobstructed. Make sure supply vents on the upper wall in each room are open wide and not blocked by furniture or curtains. Some homes have return vents in every room, while others have a central return vent in a hallway. Airflow into these vents should not be obstructed.
  • Look for leakage. The condensate drain pan beneath the HVAC indoor air handler catches many gallons of condensation daily when the air conditioner’s running. Monthly HVAC maintenance during cooling season should include a quick glance at the drain pan with the help of a flashlight. If you see standing water inside, a clog may be developing that might trigger an eventual overflow. Contact your HVAC contractor for service.

Questions about minor HVAC maintenance tasks? Ask the pros at Paitson Bros., your Wabash Valley heating and cooling specialists since 1922.

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