Summer is coming to a close and crisp, cool air is nipping at your face. Everywhere you look, leaves are becoming bright hues of yellow, red and orange. As you sip your pumpkin spice latte, thinking about that perfect Halloween costume, you should also give some thought to your HVAC system. Following a long summer, your HVAC is due for a checkup and some routine maintenance. In this article, you will learn how to ensure that your HVAC system remains energy efficient this fall.
The most important part of HVAC maintenance is to clean or replace your filters regularly. If your HVAC filter is not clean, it will not function correctly. Your system’s airflow will become restricted, causing decreased energy performance and substandard air quality inside your home. In fact, you should check your filters monthly and change them no less than every three months.
You will also want to check all floor registers and vents. Make sure you can open and close all of them, and that they will stay in the position they are set too. If any vents or registers are missing or rusty, replace them immediately. Use your vacuum to clean pollen and dust from all vents and registers. Make sure your vents and registers are free from obstructions to allow for proper airflow.
Another thing to take into account is your home’s insulation. Check the seals on your doors and windows. Replace damaged seals. If necessary, cover your windows with plastic sheeting. If your home has a crawlspace or attic, it might be necessary to install additional insulation in these areas.
If you have them, carefully check any outside units. The area surrounding them needs to be kept clean. Keep the area free of grass clippings, leaves, dirt, branches, and other debris. Such materials can block the intake area or reduce airflow, which results in inferior HVAC performance.
Consider your thermostat. First, if you have the old, dial thermostat, think about upgrading it. Both smart thermostats and programmable thermostats are inexpensive gadgets that will allow you to save money on your heating costs. That’s because these devices let you regulate your HVAC system to warm your home when you are there and reduce the temperature when no one is home.
Finally, run a sound check on your HVAC system. Turn off all televisions, radios, appliances, fans, etc. to eliminate all sounds from your home. Power up your HVAC system and listen for odd sounds such as banging, screeching or loud pops. Take note of any unusual smells too. These are indications that your system should be looked over by a professional technician.
As you can see, routine maintenance of your HVAC is simple and doesn’t take much time. A well-maintained system will ensure efficiency throughout the fall and beyond.