Although your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard as it did in the summer season, it still needs to be in optimal working condition to keep your home comfortable throughout fall and winter. So, preparing your HVAC system in fall is highly recommended so that it can transition smoothly to winter.
Here are 5 maintenance tasks you should definitely perform on your HVAC system every fall:
Replace the Air Filter
Replacing the air filter is an inexpensive and easy task but it can do wonders for your energy bills and comfort. After working hard in the summer season, your unit will probably have a dirty air filter. A clogged or dirty filter can hinder the movement of conditioned air leading to a more uncomfortable home. Not to mention it can also lead to your equipment experiencing breakdowns and additional strain. That’s why replacing the air filter in fall is highly recommended.
Clean the Outdoor Condenser
Keeping your outdoor condensing unit free of debris and dirt can significantly improve its efficiency and performance and help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Remove any objects, twigs, or leaves within 2-3 feet of the device and trim away any breaches that have grown too close to it. It is also recommended that you make sure that there are no structures or objects that may be blocking the airflow. Since the fallen leaves can accumulate more quickly in fall, cleaning the surrounding area of your outdoor unit is relatively more important in this season.
Check the Thermostat
If you want to determine whether or not your HVAC system is working well, then it is recommended that you check your thermostat. If it shows the correct temperature reading and responds properly, then it means that your system is in a good working condition. If you have a programmable thermostat, then the fall is a great time to alter the temperature settings to ensure that they are appropriate for the changing weather conditions. If you don’t have programmable thermostat, consider switching to one as it can help you save money as well as improve comfort levels in your home.
Check the Air Ducts
Are your air ducts clamoring and rattling? If so, you have air leaks that are creating cold and hot spots by draining your wallet. Seal leaky ducts with heat-resistant and mastic metal tape. Also make sure that the vents aren’t covered up with furniture or any other object.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Thorough inspection and service of HVAC system is essential to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. While the above-mentioned tasks can improve the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system, there are several other aspects that need attention. Some tasks are more complex and riskier and should only be carried out by professionals. That’s why it is highly recommended that you schedule professional inspection and maintenance to ensure a smooth transition of your system from cooling to heating season.
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