HVAC performance has a direct impact on your comfort and quality of life. If your air conditioner doesn’t function properly, for instance, you’ll often face high energy bills and a home that never feels cool enough. Fortunately, you can try some of these DIY projects to improve HVAC performance and keep your home in tip-top condition.

Change Your Air Filters or Upgrade to Better Quality Filters

Dirty or poor-quality air filters can inhibit air flow through your HVAC system and reduce its performance. In fact, if you let your filter get too dirty you might feel nothing but warm air flowing through your vents on a hot summer day. Replacing clogged filters with fresh ones keeps your air conditioner and furnace operating at peak performance.

Plant a Tree in Your Yard

Shade can reduce how hard your HVAC system must work to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Large shade trees such as oaks and ashes also improve air quality around your home and add to your curb appeal. Buying an immature shade tree might not give immediate relief, but it will come in handy as it matures.

Create a Cleaning Schedule

Dust, dirt, and pet dander can circulate through your HVAC system, getting caught in the blower, vents, and air ducts. Many homeowners are switching to ductless systems to reduce this problem, but in the meantime, set up a rigorous cleaning schedule. Dusting, mopping, and vacuuming your home reduces the number of irritants floating through the air.

Plant Shrubs Around Your Outdoor AC Unit

You can also increase HVAC performance by planting shrubbery or small trees near your outdoor AC unit to provide shade. When the unit is cooler, it doesn’t have to work as hard to meet your thermostat’s temperature setting.

HVAC performance directly impacts your wallet and your comfort levels, so don’t neglect it.

The team at TNC Mechanical Cooling & Heating, Inc. in Monson, MA., is ready to assist. Serving clients throughout Western MA, the family-owned company offers a wide range of HVAC services. Visit us online for more information or call (888) 284-3892 to schedule an appointment.