Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips
As we bid farewell to the sweltering heat, you should be getting your heating system ready for the fall and winter months. Having sat idle for several months, the system will require a thorough checkup to make sure everything is in working order. Here’s how you can get started preparing your heating system for the cooler Bay Area temperatures.
Replace Your Air Filter
Filters are crucial for airflow, efficiency, and air quality. When your filter is dirty or clogged, it makes the system work inefficiently and increases your energy costs. It also degrades indoor air quality, exacerbating asthma and allergy symptoms. Make sure you replace your filter every month. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this can result in 5 to 15 percent energy savings.
Check Your Thermostat
A thermostat that’s not working correctly will affect your heating and air conditioning system’s efficiency. Make sure the thermostat responds appropriately when you turn it on and is set to maximize efficiency, especially during the times when your home will be unoccupied. Invest in a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already to manipulate the heating of your home better.
Insulation helps keep warm indoor air from escaping and cold air from creeping into your home. Install additional insulation in areas notorious for having inadequate insulation such as the attic and crawl space.
Seal Doors and Windows
The colder outdoor air can enter your home through doors and windows that aren’t sealed. Check the edges and bottom of your doors and windows to make sure they’re draft-free. Install caulk or weatherstripping around the areas where you can feel drafts. You can also add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors.
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
Your home’s heater requires a professional tune-up before it gets a long workout during the winter. You should include the tune-up in your fall home maintenance checklist because professional HVAC companies get extremely busy once winter sets in. During the tune-up, the HVAC professional will find and fix potential problems so you avoid staying without heat on a cold day.
For more tips on preparing your HVAC system for the fall and winter, contact us at B.A. Morrison.
We’ve been keeping the people of the East Bay Area comfortable in their homes and commercial buildings since 1990. Our Fall Service Special provides a high-quality preventive maintenance plan at an affordable price. Our technicians will inspect your HVAC system and ensure that it starts up properly and operates safely and efficiently. To schedule a tune-up for your furnace or for any other HVAC matters, send us an email or call us at 510-538-9817.