Fall is here! That means, you should start preparing now for upcoming family gatherings in your home. You will want to make sure your heating and cooling system functions safely and properly. It may be time to do fall HVAC maintenance on your furnace. Since the heating system has been off in the warm weather, you should check everything is good to go before the winter months arrive. Failure to do the proper maintenance results in carbon monoxide poisoning, poor indoor air quality, system breakdowns and uncomfortable room temperatures. Read these tips to find out which fall HVAC maintenance tasks to complete or check out for your furnace before winter begins.
Tip #1: Check and Replace the Air Filter
Air filters are easy to forget about, but when you don’t replace them often enough, dust clogs your burners and essential parts of your system. The air filter keeps the air you breathe inside of your home clean and safe. A clogged filter prevents its ability to catch dust, pollen, dander, allergens, and even kitchen smells. A dirty air filter also makes it difficult for temperature treated air to flow into your home, forcing the system to work harder which raises your monthly energy bill, decreases efficiency and life span.
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Tip #2: Clear Your Ducts/Vents
Air ducts are passageways that transport cooled and heated air throughout your house. Air ducts require regular maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency. Mold builds up inside your ducts and vents if they go long enough uncleaned. To keep the air you breathe safe and clean consider an air duct cleaning. Is it possible you have forgotten about the vent hidden behind a piece of furniture? Blocking or closing your vents costs you more in the long run. Be sure to use a dusting cloth or go over your vents with a vacuum once in a while. If you aren’t doing this, over time your vents and ducts collect debris and eventually send that debris into your HVAC system and around your home.
Tip #3: Check Your Thermostat
Additionally, it is valuable to you to check your thermostat settings before the winter season begins. If your thermostat isn’t responding to temperature changes, it may not be working properly. An older thermostat cannot always keep your furnace running efficiently. We advise upgrading to a newer programmable thermostat for maximum efficiency.
Tip #4: Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Equally important, we recommend scheduling furnace tune-ups twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. HVAC maintenance helps to set your home up for success for the upcoming cold weather. During a scheduled tune-up, a technician inspects parts for typical issues, functionality of the unit, and a general cleaning of the air filter and other common parts that lead to malfunction of the HVAC system. One simple maintenance appointment assists your HVAC system to run smoothly for the duration of winter.
Tip #5: Clean the Physical Unit
Lastly, if your unit is outside, you’ll want to clean up the surrounding leaves, brush, and twigs built up inside and outside of the unit. Walking outside to double-check for debris and damage every so often is recommended. Removing the debris surrounding your unit ensures optimal air flow and prevents leaves and dirt from getting on the coils and unit.
The best way to keep up with all of the tips and tricks for your fall HVAC maintenance for your furnace is to schedule an appointment with River View Heating & Cooling. We now offer virtual, online consultations for your safety and convenience for HVAC service. Call to schedule an appointment with us or do so on our company website to learn more about what River View Heating & Cooling has to offer for you.