With summer coming to an end and fall moving into full swing, the temperature will also begin to drop as the warm weather makes way for a cooler autumn season. This transition not only means that we will be changing the setting or even turning off our air conditioning systems, but it should also stand as a reminder to complete your seasonal HVAC maintenance. This maintenance regimen is key to keeping your system working properly and extending your .system’s overall life span.
If you haven’t completed this seasonal maintenance before, you may be wondering “how do you maintain an HVAC system?” This is precisely what we are looking to answer by providing our list of 5 fall HVAC maintenance tips below:
1. Clear Around Your Condenser Unit
The fall season is notorious for dried leaves and shrubs blowing about. These leaves and debris can find their way into your outside condenser unit leading to blocked airflow. This will hinder air from passing through and ultimately weakening the condition of your HVAC system. If not addressed on time, you may find yourself changing your condenser unit, as it may burn out from excessive usage.
2. Change Your Air Filter
You should be replacing your HVAC system’s air filter at least twice a year (fall and spring), and many professionals suggest changing it every 3 months for best results. If your filter is clogged with dust and debris it could lead to reduced efficiency and potential ventilation issues. If left unattended for some time, the blocked filter can lead to a system failure.
3. Update The Settings on Your Thermostat
All smart thermostats are programmable and can automatically change settings as the weather
changes. This can significantly save you some extra cash on your utility bills, as your HVAC system will keep working at a minimum level. However, if you do not have a smart thermostat, you should manually check and update the settings. Doing so not only keeps your home at the right temperature, but will also reduce your usage and save you money.
4. Clean Your Ducts
After the spring and summer months, your ducts will have a build-up of dust, pollen, and other debris. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in some time, fall is the perfect time to consider having them professionally cleaned. This will help improve your home’s air quality as well as allow for air to circulate through your home more efficiently. Cleaning your registers and vents in spring and fall is also a good practice to maintain good air quality and efficiency.
5. Look to A Professional
If you are comfortable completing your fall HVAC maintenance on your own, great! But, \having your system maintained by a professional may help identify potential issues that you would have missed. A HVAC specialist will not only perform the maintenance duties, but they will test your system to ensure everything if functioning optimally and they will let you know of any potential issues before they become serious problems. But without professional help, you may never notice a problem until it damages the entire HVAC system.