Soon the weather is going to change – we are entering a new season: autumn. Time flies and before you know it you are pulling out your warm sweaters and start decorating for Halloween! At the beginning of fall, temperatures will often drop drastically and very suddenly especially at night. To avoid unpleasant surprises start preparing your HVAC system now for the colder weather. Here are our expert tips for preparing your HVAC system for fall:
Clean your outdoor HVAC system unit
If your HVAC unit is located outside make sure it is free of any dirt. Sometimes leaves or even small twigs can get inside the unit and damage the coils. The best way to prevent damage and ensure proper airflow is by keeping the unit and its surroundings clean of any dirt.
Test run your HVAC system
Before entering the colder season we recommend doing a test run of your HVAC system. Set your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual and let the heating system take over. If your HVAC system is unable to achieve the set temperature or it takes too long you should definitely call your trusted HVAC service technician.
Check and replace the air filters of your HVAC system
The most common cause of performance issues of HVAC systems are clogged and dirty air filters. We recommend changing your air conditioning and furnace filters on a regular basis. Clean air filters will not only ensure the optimum performance and durability of your HVAC system but also improve the air quality in your home and the health of your family.
Test smoke detectors and alarms
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are literally lifesavers. Press the test button on each device to make sure they are working correctly. Replace their batteries with new ones and if they are older than 10 years consider replacing them completely.
Prevent draft and air leaks
Sealing air leaks and preventing drafts will save you a lot of money on your energy bill plus it will improve the performance and durability of your HVAC system. Sealing windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping is a good starting point. We always recommend to also check your ductwork for possible air leaks. Many times they are easily fixed with masking or duct tape.
Schedule a maintenance checkup
There is no better way to prepare your HVAC system for fall than by scheduling a maintenance checkup with a reliable technician. He will check and inspect your furnace thoroughly and make the necessary adjustments.
The last thing that you want is for your HVAC unit to go out in the middle of fall or worse on a cold winter night. Planning ahead will help prevent imminent failure and save you a lot of money on repairs.