Fall is the best time to perform HVAC maintenance to ensure that your home heating system will not die on you in the middle of winter. This is particularly critical if you’re living in a region known for its severe frosty weather.
Here, we list the top 7 fall HVAC maintenance tips every homeowner should do to ensure a comfortable temperature in the dead of winter.
- Check your air filters.
Air filters generally need replacement every three months if you have no pets. But if you have furry companions or someone in your family has allergies, you should replace them more frequently.
If the air filters get too dirty, they will get clogged, which causes the engine to work more than necessary, leading to a shorter lifespan of your HVAC unit. Additionally, congested filters can spike up your electricity bill.
- Seal air leaks.
There are many ways to prevent drafts and reduce energy leaks in your home. For instance, caulking and weather-stripping your external doors and windows can significantly reduce energy waste in your home, which is the key to lower energy consumption.
Another way to reduce energy waste is to seal leaky ductwork with aluminum tape or mastic.
- Regulate your home’s temperature with a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is a worthwhile investment because it ensures a comfortable home temperature without spiking up your electricity consumption. With this device, you can also adjust the setting anywhere you are–whether you’re at the grocery store or on vacation–and depending on different factors such as the outside temperature, the size of your home, etc.
- Clean your outdoor unit.
If you have an outdoor unit, remove debris and dirt around it to ensure good airflow. Also, inspect for any damage that may warrant a professional service.
- Run the heat.
It’s not uncommon to notice a burnt smell when you turn on the heat for the first time after an extended period. Usually, it is caused by dust that has settled on the heating components. But if the smell remains persistent, you may want to call an HVAC professional.
- Inspect your alarms and smoke detectors.
Push the test button on your devices to ensure that they are working properly. Additionally, check if the smoke detectors are 10 years and older, which entails automatic replacement, according to the US Fire Administration’s guidelines.
You can check the back of the smoke detector to know its manufacturing date.
- Get a professional furnace evaluation and tune-up.
If your furnace is older or you just bought a house that has an HVAC system that you don’t know about, a good rule of thumb is to schedule a professional furnace evaluation and tune-up.
With a tune-up, a technician will calibrate the thermostat, test the airflow, inspect the unit for any wear and tear, and evaluate the electrical system and motor. FYI, having a yearly tune-up keeps the warranty of your new HVAC unit valid.
To learn more about HVAC fall maintenance, call All Year at 916-922-7796. We are a licensed HVAC contractor serving homeowners and businesses in Antelope, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Gold River, Granite Bay, Grass Valley, Lincoln, and the surrounding communities.