Even though the weather has not yet turned colder, now it’s a good time to start preparing. Regular HVAC maintenance is the best way to identify and repair little issues before they cause major problems. Therefore, because you are switching over from cooling to heating, Fall is one of the best times to take a good look at your HVAC system. Today’s article will go over some of the things you should do to prepare for the coming cold.
1. Replace the Filter – The filters remove dust, dirt, pet dander, and other pollutants in the air. Over time, this debris will build up and clog the filters, reducing airflow and efficiency. At a minimum, they need to be replaced every 90 days or more often if you have pets. That said, it is a good idea to check them monthly. If they look dirty, replace them.
2. Clean the Vents – You should also take the time to clean your vents. Just as with the filters, dust and dirt can accumulate. When you eventually turn your heat on, the dirt, pollen, and bacteria are blown throughout your house and can cause health issues. There is nothing complicated here. You just need to use the vacuum.
3. Schedule an HVAC Checkup – Typically, you will need only one checkup a year. So, if you had an inspection in the Spring, you can likely wait. However, after a particularly intense Summer, you may want the system looked at again, especially if your HVAC is older. During a maintenance checkup, a technician will inspect and tune-up your system. The technician will then provide you with a list of recommendations if any problems were discovered.
4. Consider a Replacement – A well-maintained HVAC system can last a long time. Nevertheless, if it is more than 12 years old, it is time to start thinking about a replacement. Ultimately, your decision will likely hinge on the cost of ongoing repairs versus a new installation. Nevertheless, a new HVAC system can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
Do you have questions? What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about preparing your HVAC system for Fall, or a related topic, please contact us.