With summer almost over, you’re likely looking forward to getting a break from the heat. Early fall is the best time to prepare your HVAC system for the winter months. Here are five steps to get it ready for cooler weather.
Check Your Air Filter
A clean HVAC air filter is a must for your home. While a clean air filter helps with HVAC efficiency, a dirty air one impacts your home’s indoor air quality, which also affects your health. Dirty indoor air can contribute to many health issues ranging from increased allergy and asthma symptoms to respiratory and heart conditions.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
When preparing your outdoor HVAC unit for fall and winter, remove any debris around it to ensure airflow to keep it working properly. Removing dirt, leaves and grass and hosing off bird droppings will make it simpler to turn your AC back on when you need it next spring or summer.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Autumn comes with a lot of unpredictable temperatures. One day, it’s a comfortable 75 degrees and the next day, it’s in the low 50s.
You could even have a wide temperature range in a single day, making it hard to keep your home comfortable, especially when you’re not there. To save money on your energy bills while maintaining a good level of comfort, consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which automatically adjusts the indoor temperature to account for the weather outside.
Search for Air Leaks
One issue with HVAC ductwork is that leaks, loose joints or holes waste the energy you want to use to keep your home comfortable. EnergyStar states that leaky ductwork accounts for up to 30% of the lost air that moves through your ductwork. Duct sealing takes care of these issues, as does switching to ductless AC.
Routine maintenance keeps your HVAC system operating efficiently and allows a technician to find and fix minor issues before they become expensive repairs. Regular maintenance also extends the service life of your system, which can last up to 25 years, according to HVAC.com.
With cooler weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for winter. Contact Den-Son for all your heating repair and installation needs.
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