After a blistering hot summer season, you’ll want to be confident that your home’s HVAC system will keep you and your family comfortable as we transition into cooler temps. We’ll explain why the fall is the perfect time to schedule a maintenance service call with your local technician!
It’s all about prevention. You know what they say in football, “The best offense is a good defense.” The same goes for your home’s HVAC system, “The best offense is good… preventative maintenance.” Okay, not very catchy but you get the point. When it comes to heating and cooling, the best thing you can do for your system is prevent any major issues from coming up in the first place. The only way to do that is to give it some TLC with regularly scheduled maintenance, regardless of the season.
Overgrowth like grass, trees, and plants is a surefire way to cause some hiccups in your system. Be sure your outdoor unit is getting its required airflow clearance by cutting greenery back from the unit. Remove loose twigs, leaves, and other debris to avoid it being sucked up into your system.
As for your indoor unit, avoid packing away your summer décor too close to your furnace. Boxes and storage bins should be at least three feet away in order to keep things operating smoothly.
Clean air is good air, which is why you should check your air filters and think about scheduling a duct cleaning. After a long summer season of cooling and circulating air, the filters and ducts can be caked with dust and debris, making the air in your home even dirtier than the air outside. Temperatures drop in the fall and you begin to spend more time indoors, making it the perfect time to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment for your HVAC system.
Half of the average home’s utility spending comes from the HVAC system alone. A technician can inspect both indoor and outdoor units, check fluid levels and motors, and search for leaks. This enables your air conditioner and heater to operate at its highest efficiency, thus saving you money on your energy spending. You’ll be helping out the planet too which is an added bonus!
Like most things, HVAC systems aren’t built to last forever. Disappointing, we know, but the good news is this: staying on top of your maintenance plan can add years to its lifespan. If it’s been awhile since you’ve turned on your system, it’s a good idea to get it inspected before doing so. Preventing a malfunction before it happens is always better than fixing the damage after it does.