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Dallas HVAC Maintenance Tips - JRV Edition


GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME COOL AND EFFICIENT

  • Have a qualified HVAC Professional inspect your home's duct and cooling equipment.

  • Clean or replace your AC filters every three months.

  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.

  • Clean out rain gutters and storm drains.

  • Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts.

  • Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.

  • Check your attic for proper insulation. ( The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a value between R-22 and R-49.)

  • Keep shades or curtains drawn on the sunny side of the house, especially during early- and mid-afternoon hours.

EXTRA STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO SAVE ENERGY:

  • ​Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day. ​

  • Replace single-pane windows with newer double models, which help reflect the sun's ray and reduce energy loss.

  • Aply a reflective coating to your roof. When replacing your roof, use light-colored shingles.

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent to create a cooler feeling and save lighting cost.

  • Install awnings or plant trees outside your home to create shade.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY AND REDUCE POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS:

  • ​When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.​

  • Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air.

  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.

  • Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean.

  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.

  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

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