This is especially true with heating and air (HVAC) projects. Mess up an HVAC repair or maintenance project in the middle of summer or dead of winter, and not only will the problem be expensive to fix, you’ll be facing the prospect of living in a stifling or frigid environment until the problem can be fixed.
Still, there are some basic HVAC things you can (and should) do yourself. Here are a few.
- Change or clean your air filters once a month for one inch filters and every six months for thicker filters.
- Lubricate the moving parts of your furnace or air conditioning unit.
- Check the base pan for debris.
- Remove debris, dirt, leaves, etc from your outdoor condenser unit. This is actually a great spring cleaning task.
- Make sure no vegetation is within two feet of the condenser.
- Check plugs or blockages in your condenser drain.
- Save this tip for winter, but when the weather gets cold, place a cover over the condenser to protect it from heavy snow, falling branches and other debris.
- Clean the fan blades and coils of your cooling unit. Make sure the power is off first.
- Not directly related to the units themselves, but take appropriate steps to prevent overuse of them. These include:
programmable thermostat, consider getting one (but don’t try installing it yourself).
b. Sealing any gaps in doors and windows.
c. Keeping drapes and shades open during the winter to let the sun warm the home, and keeping
them closed during the summer to keep the sun’s heat from heating the home.
d. Deploying ceiling fans both in the summer and the winter.