Fall Heating and Cooling Maintenance Tips
With cold weather just about to return to the Bay Area, it’s time to start preparing your HVAC system for the changeover from cooling to heating. If you don’t prepare your system adequately, it won’t be ready to deliver when the cold weather finally arrives and when it’s time for cooling next spring. Below are some helpful tips to get your HVAC system ready for fall.
Check Your Air Filters
Dirty furnace and air conditioning filters can bring about several unpleasant problems to your HVAC system, such as the inability to heat or cool your home adequately and efficiently. Change the filter in your air conditioning unit before giving it a well-deserved winter break so you can enjoy refreshing chilled air on the first warm day of the next cooling season. Remember to stay on top of furnace filter changes during the heating months to keep your system operating efficiently and your home’s air free of contaminants.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
You need to check your outdoor HVAC unit for debris and damage. Remove all debris around your unit to ensure proper airflow and to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the coils or getting inside the unit. Clean the unit by switching off power and rinsing out dirt, twigs, and other debris that may have collected on it during spring and summer using a garden hose. If you find anything that’s hard to remove or any signs of damage, call an HVAC professional.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks allow drafts into your home and increase energy wastage. Walk around your home to locate air leaks. Seal windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping, and leaky ductwork with mastic or aluminum tape. Sealing your ductwork properly can help you save as much as $300 on your annual heating and cooling bills.
Schedule Professional Fall HVAC Maintenance
One of the best ways to prepare your HVAC system for fall is by scheduling a maintenance checkup with a certified HVAC technician. During the checkup, the technician will thoroughly inspect your furnace and make the necessary adjustments to ensure safe combustion and venting of by-products, and improved energy efficiency.
Consider Purchasing a New Unit
Fall is one of the best times to get a new HVAC system because you’re more likely to get more value for your money and contractors will be less busy. If your system is 10 years or older, has frequently needed repairs or can’t keep up with your heating and cooling demands, consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient system.
For help with fall HVAC maintenance, please contact us at B.A. Morrison.
Call us at 510-538-9817 or send us an email to schedule our comprehensive HVAC Fall Maintenance Service or find out more about any residential and commercial comfort issues.