Proper HVAC maintenance is vital to the lifespan of your unit. If you fail to provide proper attention and care to the unit, it can decrease efficiency, increase allergy symptoms, and even lead to having to replace the entire unit. Ideally, you will want to prep your unit for each season. If you live in Alton, Illinois, there are a few things you can do to prep your HVAC for fall.
Clean the Filter
During the month of October, you’ll want to take the filter out of your HVAC unit and clean it. If you are using a disposable filter, this is a good time to replace it. Because pollen levels can be incredibly high during the fall time in Alton, it’s recommended you use a disposable filter as a method for decreasing allergens in the home. This is especially beneficial if you or someone living in your house suffers from allergies or asthma.
Clean the Area Surrounding Your Outdoor Unit
Fall time is a time of year when the leaves start to fall, and there’s a good chance they are going to collect around your outdoor unit. Cleaning the area around your outdoor unit is a necessity because the unit needs plenty of room to inhale air from the outside. Any leaves, shrubs, or plants touching the unit should be removed. If you don’t remove them, this can greatly decrease the efficiency of the unit due to poor levels of airflow.
Invest in Preventive Maintenance
Preventive HVAC maintenance during the fall will consist of a professional HVAC contractor performing an inspection while the furnace is running. In addition to inspecting the furnace, the inspector will take a look at air vents and registers to ensure they are free of debris and obstructions. It’s important to keep these vents open at all times so heat can circulate throughout the home. Closing the vents can lead to inefficient heating, damage the ductwork, and increase wear and tear on the entire HVAC system.
If you would like to learn more about the various ways you can prep your HVAC for fall, please contact Den-Son Inc. Cooling & Heating at 618-207-3847.
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