As the weather begins to cool down this fall, you can start to prepare your home for the shift from cooling to heating mode. However, the HVAC system can’t be expected to thrive without some maintenance and preparation. To ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible, use these simple tips.
How to Prepare the HVAC System for Fall
1. Plug the Holes & Gaps
During the colder months, it’s incredibly important to prevent warm air from escaping your home, so you can avoid excessive energy bills and stay safe and comfortable. As the weather starts to cool, feel around doors, windows, corners, and pipe or cable openings with a bare hand. If there are any drafts, it's best to replace weatherstripping or fill in the spaces with caulk. This way, you can maximize the efficiency of the heating system.
2. Change the Filters
The filters inside the HVAC system are in charge of trapping allergens like dust, pollen, and dander as air flows through. However, if you don’t change or clean the filter every few months, the particles will build up, blocking airflow. This could cause efficiency and odor issues with the heating system when turning it on.
In severe cases, it could trigger a breakdown when you need heat the most. That is why it’s important to swap out air filters before switching over from the AC to the furnace.
3. Winterize the Outdoor Unit
Although you won’t be using it for several months, it’s important to ensure that the outdoor unit will remain in great condition for the spring. Start by cleaning debris off the outdoor unit, such as twigs, leaves, and flowers. Then, trim back branches or prune shrubs to give the unit at least two feet of space on all sides. You can also ask the HVAC contractor to recommend a waterproof cover for the outdoor unit that will block out pests without trapping moisture inside.
During the fall, turn to Controlled Comfort LLC for a comprehensive tuneup. This La Vista, NE, contractor has over 50 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining heating systems. Their licensed and certified technicians will even provide 24/7 assistance when an emergency strikes. To learn more about their trusted skills, visit their website. Call (402) 333-2775 to ask for a free estimate.