As spring arrives, you may be considering maintenance and improvements for your HVAC that can help improve energy efficiency and save your money. Some of the improvements or upgrades may require professional help, but there are a few DIY projects that you can do to make your system more energy-efficient. Here are a few summer DIY projects to help improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system:
1. Revising Ductwork for Repairs and Improvements to Stop Energy Loss
There are many things that can cause damage to the ductwork in your home, which may need to be repaired or replaced. In places like crawl spaces and attics, ductwork can easily be damaged by animals and insects, which you will want to inspect periodically and repair. Ducts can also have problems with mildew and mold due to condensation problems, and they will need to be cleaned or replaced. Have your ducts inspected routinely for these types of problems and consider replacing them with more durable and efficient materials to improve your HVAC system.
2. Cleaning Furnaces and AC Condensing Units to Improve Their Efficiency
Keeping the mechanical components of your HVAC system clean will help to reduce wear and improve energy efficiency. During the spring months, it is a good time to clean the furnace one last time before you turn the heating off. You may also want to go ahead and clean the outdoor condensing unit of your AC to prepare for summer and improve energy efficiency. It is also important to keep the AC unit clean throughout the summer and fall months to prevent problems with frozen coils that can cause serious damage to your air conditioner, which is often costly to repair.
3. Building Enclosures to Protect Heat Pumps and AC Condensing Units for Improved Efficiency
There are many components of your air conditioner that are vulnerable to outdoor conditions and protecting them is a good improvement. Consider building an enclosure around heat pumps or AC condensing units, which will protect them from problems due to debris from trees, weather and sunlight. Make sure the enclosure has plenty of space around the unit to avoid problems. This will help improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC, as well as hide the unsightly mechanical components in your landscaping.
These are a few summer DIY projects that will help you improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. If you need help with other improvements and upgrades, contact an HVAC contractor, such as from PSL Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., to help make your home as efficient and comfortable as possible.