Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Healthy Heaters: 4 HVAC Maintenance Tips to Look into This Fall

Fall has finally arrived. Now is the time to get some maintenance done on your HVAC system. It has been working hard all summer keeping your home cool and comfortable. 

It is going to be working just as hard keeping your home warm through the winter. Let’s look at four tips you can use to get your system ready for the season.

Replace Your Air Filters

If you have not changed your air filters recently, now is the time to do it. Actually, you should check the filters at least once a month and change them when the filter is covered with dust. 

Modern HVAC systems require a clean flow of air to work properly. The filter cleans out particulates but it can become clogged. A clogged filter prevents a free flow of air and that makes the system work harder.

Clean the Exterior Unit

If your HVAC system has an outdoor unit, you need to make sure it is clear of dead leaves, grass clippings and other debris. The outdoor unit uses air to dispel heat. 

When the unit is clogged with debris, the air does not flow properly. This, like a clogged filter, makes the system have to work harder to keep your home comfortable.

Clean the Interior Equipment

If you look inside your interior HVAC equipment, you may find dust coating the heat exchanger. That dust is causing the unit to have to work harder to cool and heat the air in your home. 

Gently brush the dust off. If you find mildew in the unit, use water to remove it. A few minutes of your time will give you healthier, conditioned air.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

At least once a year, you need to have a professional technician from a company like All American Air & Electric, Inc. or a similar business come out and check your HVAC system. That technician will inspect the entire system to ensure everything is working properly. 

He may make adjustments to the controls to ensure the system is running at optimal levels. He will check coolant levels and top them off if needed. He may find some minor issues that need attention before they become major. All this work will keep the system running through the winter months.

These four tips will help you get your HVAC system ready for the winter season. Taking time to do the work and getting a system checkup will ensure your home is comfortable this winter. It will also help your system last longer and keep it free of repairs.

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