Fall is here, and as the seasons change, so do your home comfort needs. As you anticipate the shift from baseball to football and fresh-cut grass to piles of leaves, don’t forget about the shift from air conditioning to heating. Keep reading to learn the necessary steps for fall HVAC maintenance, courtesy of our skilled heating and cooling technicians at EnviroSafe.
EnviroSafe’s Top Tips for Fall HVAC Maintenance:
- Wipe Down Your Vents: Did you know that 1/100th of an inch of dust can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by as much as 10%? That’s why after a summer of extended AC use, you should always inspect your HVAC units for dust and debris, cleaning them off as necessary. This will not only help increase the efficiency of your heating system during the wintertime, it will also improve your home’s overall indoor air quality.
- Clean Outdoor Units: As the leaves start to fall this fall, you’ll want to make sure that your outdoor HVAC units are properly cleaned off an unobstructed. It doesn’t matter how efficient your system is, if it is covered in debris, it will not function as well. Check your outdoor units as the seasons change and clean off anything that has accumulated on them. Trust us, the last thing you want is to use your system while there is a bird’s nest inside of it!
- Check Your Thermostat: If you notice your heater is not working as it should over the winter season, you may want to call a technician to see if there is a problem with it. If, however, your heater is failing to provide your home with adequate warmth, even though it appears to be in good working condition, you will want to inspect your thermostat. A malfunctioning thermostat can prevent you from getting adequate comfort and proper airflow in your home, so this is something that should be dealt with right away. You may also want to consider upgrading to a programmable, smart thermostat, making it easier for your system to automatically adjust from season to season.
- Change the Filters: It’s natural for your HVAC filters to accumulate a good amount of dust over time—that’s what they’re there for, after all. However, too many people forget to change their filters, reducing both the efficiency of their system and their indoor air quality as the seasons change. Your system may notify you if you have dirty filters, but if not, make sure to check their condition every 30-90 days.
- Have a Technician Insect Your System: Ultimately, the best way to guarantee that your system is in good shape is to have a professional look at it. At EnviroSafe, we proudly provide professional heating and cooling maintenance designed to help your equipment work better and last longer. And with our EnviroSafe Membership Plan, you can now get guaranteed annual maintenance along with special discounts and priority service!