Fall is the season for change – the weather transitions from hot to cool, forcing you to adapt and embrace the shift. You will be gearing up to pack the summer clothes and be ready with the winter woolens to ward off the approaching chill. Your air conditioner will have to be prepared to sit idle until the next summer, and the furnace will take over the duty to keep indoors warm, welcoming, and toasty.
Switching from heating to cooling is taken for granted, and many people fail to prepare their HVAC system for the changeover, which is wrong. Do keep in mind, your furnace has been sitting in vain and collecting dust since the last winters. Now that is precisely what will happen with the AC. Consequently, your system is not ready to start full power immediately. A little care will go a long way in bringing it up to scratch quickly and efficiently.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips
Here are a few Fall maintenance tips that will make for smooth transitioning from using the air conditioner to the furnace:
1. Schedule End Of Season Tune-up For AC – There is a big misconception that nothing needs to be done when shutting down the AC. According to them, the need for maintenance will arise only when the cooling system needs to be used again. Here’s some food for thought. Your AC has been working relentlessly since the last tune-up. It undergoes wear and tear, and also there is a coating of dust over its different components. When the AC is not in use, the dust inside it is going to increase further. Those parts that have suffered wear and tear will deteriorate further. To encounter these ill effects, you need to schedule the end-of-season maintenance for the AC. During the tune-up, the technician will alleviate the signs of wear and tear and ensure that the unit is clean and ready to be covered so that there are no accumulations inside it.
2. Schedule Furnace Tune-up – As important as the end-of-season maintenance is, it still does not do away with the need for furnace tune-up. Before firing up the heating system for the first time, it is best to schedule its maintenance with a licensed HVAC contractor. The whole aim of this maintenance is to guarantee that the unit will work with minimal to no trouble, even when the chill is at its peak. Essentially, this maintenance will guarantee a reliable and efficient furnace.
3. Schedule Furnace Inspection If Unit Is A Decade Or More Old – In case your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it becomes necessary that you get to keep on top of it with regular inspections. It is especially true for the heating system. It is because an old and worn unit can put both your health and safety at risk. The inspector will validate whether the furnace is safe to operate or you are better off investing in a new one. Often deteriorated furnaces cause fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Both are conditions best avoided at all costs.
4. Reconfigure The Thermostat Setting – When the temperature dips outdoors, you need to reconfigure the thermostat and make adjustments to the indoor temperature. The good thing about programmable thermostats is that you can ensure your HVAC system does not go into overdrive with appropriate programming. It prevents strain on the unit and allows it to make a smooth switch from cooling to heating.
5. Clean The Area Around The Outdoor Unit – The area around the outdoor unit is most ignored. In summers, it’s too hot to tend, and in winters, it’s too chilly to venture out. So Fall is the best time to mow the grass, trim the bushes, and see to it there are no obstructions around the condenser.
6. Change The Air Filter – Many of us forget to change the air filter. If you, too, haven’t done it yet, now is the best time to do so. Although, we highly recommend that you make it a habit to switch them out once a month or at least once a quarter. This way, you give your HVAC system the best chance to work without undergoing any strain and gain improved indoor air quality.
7. Weatherstrip The Windows – In any home, a significant part of the energy bill is thanks to the HVAC system. Weatherstripping the windows reduces heat loss by almost 30%, which translates to substantive savings in the power bill. Hence, Fall is the best time to ensure that all windows sit tight and there are no gaps around them.
8. Clean All Vents And Registers – Some of the dirtiest places in a home are the ducts and registers. Not only that, many times, we land up unknowingly blocking them. Both these conditions hamper the efficient working of the HVAC system. The best thing to do is to routinely see the cleanliness of the ducts and registers and ensure that there is nothing directly in front of them blocking the airflow.
Word To The Wise
Never, ever underestimate the power of good old and always recommended HVAC maintenance. Sadly, people still do. Hopefully, you will never make the same mistake. Even if tempted, please remember HVAC maintenance is essential to keep it in good working condition. The efficiency and effectiveness of the unit also depend upon it. You need to give your heating and cooling system every chance to serve you to the best of its capability.
We are aware that winters in Florida are, at best, mild. Nevertheless, if you wish to weatherize your heating and cooling system, Aztil Air Conditioning can help. We are a South Florida-based, reputed, licensed, and above all experienced team of technicians who can tackle all your HVAC requirements. If you want to make sure that your unit is up to the mark and will not leave you in a lurch, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452. We are always open so call any time.