If you are thinking about investing money into your HVAC system, you're probably hoping to make it a little more energy efficient. Often, a small monetary investment can end up saving you money by reducing your monthly bills. Of course, you can save even more money if you find projects and repairs that you can do yourself. Most HVAC repairs will need to be handled by licensed professionals, but this article explains a few simple jobs that you can do on your own, even if you have no experience working on an HVAC system. The simple jobs could end up saving you a good amount of money in the long run.
Regular filter replacement is probably the best way to ensure that your furnace is working to the best of its ability. Not only will replacing your furnace increase the efficiency on a monthly basis when it comes to hear utility bills, it will also help to protect your unit. That is, a furnace that has the filters regularly replaced, is less likely to have major issues that need to be professionally repaired. For instance, if your furnace blower malfunctions because the air coming through it is not being properly filtered, you will end up with a expensive repair on your hands.
Smart homeowners will buy a bulk package of filters, so they always have them on hand to replace them when necessary. Most filters recommend that they need to be replaced at least once a year. You can be cautious and replace your filter twice a year, once at the end of summer, and once at the end of winter.
Insulate Your Ducts
Another way to greatly increase the efficiency of your HVAC system is to add insulation to any parts of the duct system that are exposed and outside of the walls. Usually, the most important sections are those leading directly out of the furnace, before they reach the walls. If you invest in fiberglass insulation rolls, you can easily wrap them around any exposed ducts and tape them down. This simple and quick job will be especially helpful if you have your furnace located in an attic or basement where it is generally much colder than the rest of the house. By keeping the ducts warm, you won't be losing heat through these vital exposed sections.
With better insulated ducts and cleaner air within your furnace, you are doing your part to ensure that your HVAC system is as efficient as possible.