DIY Tips for Cozy Home Comfort


Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a novice homeowner, maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is crucial for ensuring a comfortable living environment. In this article, we’ll share some practical DIY tips from Riley Heating & Cooling to help you keep your HVAC system running smoothly.

Air Filter Replacement

  1. Check your air filters regularly and replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or every three months.
  2. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially damaging your HVAC system.
  3. When replacing filters, ensure you choose the correct size and type for your system.

Thermostat Maintenance

  1. Clean and calibrate your thermostat annually to ensure accurate temperature readings.
  2. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat to optimize energy efficiency and comfort levels.
  3. Properly set your thermostat based on your household’s schedule and preferences.

Ductwork Inspection

  • Inspect your ductwork for any signs of leaks, tears, or disconnections.
  • Seal any visible gaps or cracks using approved duct sealant or metallic tape.
  • Insulate exposed ductwork to prevent energy loss and improve efficiency.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  1. Keep the area around your outdoor unit clear of debris, vegetation, and obstructions.
  2. Gently clean the unit’s coils and fins using a soft brush or garden hose.
  3. Straighten any bent fins carefully to improve airflow and efficiency.


By following these DIY tips, you can help extend the life of your HVAC system, improve its performance, and potentially save on energy costs. However, it’s essential to remember that some HVAC repairs and maintenance tasks should be left to professionals. For complex issues or if you’re unsure about performing a task, don’t hesitate to contact Riley Heating & Cooling for expert assistance.