As a homeowner, you may have what seems to be a never-ending list of things to do when the seasons change. You may have thought about putting the patio furniture away or raking up leaves in the yard – but have you thought about your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment)? Using a combination of do-it-yourself tips and preventative maintenance checkups can help catch any problems or issues before they occur or get worse. Read on for five tips to help prepare your HVAC system for the cooler temperatures ahead.
1. Check and/or replace air filter.
When was the last time you replaced your air filter(s)? A good rule of thumb is to change your air filters every 1-3 months. A dirty air filter can prevent your air conditioner or furnace from running efficiently.
2. Adjust your thermostat.
At some point you’ll make the switch from primarily using your air conditioner to using your furnace. Adjust the temperature on your thermostat to keep your family comfortable and to save money on your energy bill. For example, your air conditioning may be set at lower temperature in the muggy heat of July but can be turned up a bit in September or October when the weather isn’t quite so humid. With a smart thermostat, you can alter the temperature while you’re away from home, so your equipment doesn’t have to work so hard around the clock.
3. Clean debris from all vents and registers.
Wipe down your registers to keep them free of dust so your family doesn’t breathe it in when air circulates. Ridding your vents and registers of dirt and allergens will also help improve the indoor air quality of your home. Double check that rugs, furniture, toys, etc. aren’t blocking your vents and registers so heat and central air can flow freely.
4. Protect your family from home heating accidents.
Move anything flammable at least 3 feet from all furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters. Do not use space heaters in unoccupied rooms.
5. Schedule a professional HVAC inspection.
While there are some things you can do alone, leave the evaluation of your HVAC system up to the professionals. A routine check-up of your HVAC system with Valor Mechanical can give you the peace of mind that your equipment is operating safely and efficiently. Better yet, preventative maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of your heating and cooling system.
From tidying up your home to calling an HVAC technician, starting with these five tips can help properly prepare your heating and cooling system for the fall and winter months. When you’d like your air conditioner or furnace looked at, you can turn to Valor Mechanical. Ask us about our V.I.P. Preventative Maintenance Plans by calling 507.218.8400.