The best way to ensure that your heating and cooling (HVAC) system is performing at its highest possible efficiency is to hire a licensed heating/cooling professional to inspect and maintain the unit twice a year. HVAC pros are trained in all aspects of your unit’s maintenance and perform tasks such as:

  • Cleaning or replacing the air filter
  • Cleaning and inspecting the blower and motor
  • Testing the safety controls on the HVAC system
  • Inspecting the burner on the furnace
  • Testing pressure switches
  • Inspecting ductwork and sealing any leaks

Homeowners can also inspect the ductwork periodically for leaks and to make sure it is properly insulated and sealed. This is important since leaky ductwork wastes energy and increases utility bills. Any gaps should be taped with special metallic tape (do not use standard duct tape) and then sealed using duct mastic.

Homeowners should also clean or change air filters monthly to achieve the greatest possible energy efficiency from an HVAC system.

If you’re planning on purchasing a new heating or cooling unit, be sure to check the energy efficiency rating. While energy-efficient units cost more initially, they’ll save energy and money in the long run.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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