Fall is officially here, and cooler temperatures are here to stay for the rest of the year. While you are probably not using your A/C much at the moment, and you have yet to turn your heating system on, now is the perfect time for fall HVAC maintenance. You can do things now to prepare your air conditioner for a long “hibernation,” and you can take some steps to “wake up” your heating system without any complications. Because heating and cooling account for almost half (48%) of the total energy use for a typical home in the United States, you can put a little effort into your HVAC system to ensure that it is working properly to reduce your system’s energy consumption.
Clean or Replace Air Filters
HVAC filters are designed to filter pollutants out of the air. When the air filters become dirty, they restrict airflow and reduce the entire efficiency of your HVAC system. Air filters should be changed every 1-3 months. Choose an air filter with a minimum MERV rating of 7, and make sure to keep plenty of filters on hand so that you don’t have to run to the store every few weeks.
Clean All Vents and Registers
Take the time to walk through your home to make sure that all of the return and supply vents and registers are clean and clear. Make sure they are not blocked by rugs or furniture. It is also important to clean them of dust. Cleaning your vents and registers helps prevent dust and dirty air from entering your HVAC system and circulating throughout your home.
Reprogram Your Thermostat
Homeowners can save a lot of money with a smart or programmable thermostat. As the temperatures change outside your home, the temps inside your home will change as well. You should reprogram your thermostat to lower the temperature of your home when no one is at home. This will save money and energy. Because programmable thermostats are so “smart” these days, your home can save you money while you’re away and still be comfortable when you arrive back at home.
Have a Professional HVAC Inspection
If you have not had your HVAC system serviced in a while, now is a perfect time. An inspection is meant to detect any potential problems to ensure that your system will work as efficiently as possible for you throughout the fall and winter.
Contact our HVAC company today for fall HVAC preventive maintenance. We are the name you can count on to handle all of your air conditioning and heating service needs.