Get Your HVAC System Some Fall Maintenance
Since summer has breezed by, it’s time to ensure that your HVAC unit is ready to keep your family comfortable as the season changes and the temperature starts dipping towards zero.
Fall is the ideal time to get your hard working system some preventive maintenance. In fact, it’s an essential service that will keep your HVAC system running efficiently through any season.
Why seasonal maintenance is important for your HVAC system
Seasonal maintenance helps to avoid unnecessary (and costly) system failures. It’s the best way to keep your unit functioning at peak performance and your heating bill from skyrocketing.
These tips will help your HVAC system fall into line with the change in weather—ready to warm your home when needed.
Clear the air
On top of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, your HVAC system is responsible for keeping the air supply clean and safe. Without regular maintenance, your system could be circulating polluted air.
Now that you’re starting to spend more time indoors, it’s time to have the air filter checked and replaced. Filters should be replaced every three months—no matter what. You can keep track of filter changes by choosing a regular day to check the air filter (like the first or last day of the month) and scheduling it on the calendar.
The day you replace the air filter is also a great day to vacuum out the vents. This keeps them clean and allows warm air to flow freely and eases temperature regulation throughout your home.
Check for clearance
Plant overgrowth and clutter will obscure the effectiveness of both indoor and outdoor HVAC units. To keep the air flowing and all operations running well, clear away leaves, twigs, and branches from the surface of your outdoor unit. You should also ensure that there is at least two feet of clearance between the unit and any bushes, trees, or shrubs.
Resist the temptation to prop anything on or against your indoor unit. Store bins, boxes, and gear at least two feet from your indoor unit.
Get it inspected
To keep your unit’s efficiency running high and your bills low, it’s important to have your indoor and outdoor units thoroughly inspected at the start of each season. Running your heating system without seasonal maintenance can be costly. It can also be dangerous.
This is where we come in! We check fluid levels, test motors, and look for leaks. We make sure that your HVAC system is ready to work hard when you need it the most. Our preventive maintenance checklist also includes checking for potential safety issues and inspecting your carbon monoxide detector.
If you schedule your home’s system for some much needed fall maintenance, you won’t have to worry about gas leaks or other safety issues during the heating season.
Installing a programmable thermostat will keep your house at the right temperature at the right time. Many homeowners forget to adjust the thermostat throughout the day, often leaving a home heated when there’s no one home to enjoy it.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set and manage your home’s heating needs based on your family’s schedule. A customized schedule will significantly lower your home’s energy use, and start saving you money.
There’s also the option of installing a smart thermostat that allows for the convenience of adjusting your home’s temperature from a smartphone.
Lighten its load
One of the easiest ways to help your HVAC perform as it should, is to lighten its work load. A sufficiently insulated attic will prevent warm air from escaping the home, allowing your system to do less while maintaining a proper temperature.
Have you made your HVAC unit a fall maintenance appointment? Now’s the time!
Until January 2019, all maintenance calls for any natural gas furnace, fireplace, or tankless water heater include a FREE carbon monoxide detector.
Call us at 250.465.2490 or send us an email and we’ll gladly call you back.