Whether you’re getting the kids ready for back to school or just glad they’re finally getting off your lawn, the beginning of fall signals a time of change. In the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget some of the maintenance jobs that can get your HVAC system ready for the new season.
Here’s a checklist to get you started on your fall HVAC maintenance:
- Clean around your outside HVAC unit. Over the summer, grass and other plants can grow up around your unit. Grass clippings can build up around it when you mow, and falling leaves add to the pile. None of these blockages are good for your unit. They block the flow of air, reducing energy efficiency and increasing wear and tear. Cut back plants and rake away any debris that has built up to leave a clear space around your unit. Remember to check back regularly to remove additional leaves that have fallen.
- Change or clean your air filters. Most air filters only last one to three months before needing to be replaced or cleaned if they’re reusable. Clean filters do a better job of catching particles in the air that can cause wear and tear on your HVAC system. They also improve your home’s indoor air quality, allowing your family to breathe easier.
- Schedule an HVAC fall maintenance appointment. As you’re shifting from air conditioning to heating, it’s important to make sure your system is ready for the job ahead. An HVAC technician will start your system to make sure functions right and check the thermostat readings to be sure they’re accurate. Electrical connections will be inspected and tightened. If you have gas or oil heating, the appropriate connections will be inspected. The heat exchanger will be checked over for cracks or signs of other problems. Any issues that come up can be dealt with before cold weather makes the situation urgent.
If you’d like to know more about preparing your HVAC system for fall, or you have any other HVAC concerns in the Grand Traverse County area, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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