Looking for a weekend project? Want to take control of the efficiency in your Tallahassee, Florida, home? You don’t have to wait for an HVAC technician to come and do it for you. While there are definitely many HVAC-related tasks that should be left to a licensed technician, you can easily spend a weekend taking the efficiency of your system into your own hands. By making a few changes around your home, you can increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and the comfort of your living space. Here are three ways that you can take HVAC efficiency into your own hands.

Seal Drafts

If your home is not properly sealed, cool air is entering your home and warm air is escaping. This reduces both HVAC efficiency and comfort in your home. Identify leaks around windows and doors by feeling for cool air, looking for light between doors and door frames, and checking for an excess of dust and dirt near doors and windows. Seal the gaps around your windows with a fresh layer of caulk and place weather stripping along door frames to seal doorways.

Change Air Filter

You don’t need an HVAC tech to change your system’s air filter for you. You should change it about once a month. Doing this regularly increases the indoor air quality in your home and reduces strain on the system.

Turn Down the Heat

The easiest way to increase HVAC efficiency is to reduce the workload on the system. We’re not suggesting you turn the heater off, but if you allow your home to stay a little cooler, you increase efficiency. As an alternative, you can stay warm by safely using your fireplace, installing thick drapes over the windows, taking in warm drinks, and allowing sunlight in during the daytime.

Maintaining HVAC efficiency doesn’t have to be a complicated, expensive process. Take charge of your home’s efficiency with these three simple changes. For professional help increasing HVAC efficiency, call Advanced Air Care Heating and Cooling at 850-688-9265.

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