A good HVAC system is something you won’t miss until it’s gone.
But many people don’t care for their HVAC systems properly. That makes them costly and even a health hazard.
With summer on the way out, now might be the time to give your HVAC some TLC and prepare for the fall. Check out these HVAC tips to make sure your system is ready for the first cold snap.
Replace Your Filters
Filters have a limited shelf-life. After a certain point, their efficiency begins to drop.
This is something you can take care of yourself, too. Old filters will waste energy by running at reduced efficiency. So not only can you get more out of your HVAC system, but you’ll save money, too.
Compromised filters can even pose a health hazard. If your filters are clogged and damp, they could be spreading mold spores through your home. Make sure to clean your filters for your family’s health.
Call in the Experts
If you suspect your HVAC is underperforming, now’s the time to get the experts in.
You’ll want your HVAC working before fall comes around. Waiting until colder weather could leave you stuck without heating. You’ll also join the ranks of others who waited until there was a problem to get it fixed. That means you could face higher call-out fees or a long wait for an engineer.
Checking your system and getting it patched up in advance is the kind of foresight that could save you money and discomfort in the long run.
Check Your Vents and Intakes
HVAC isn’t a hands-off system.
To keep your HVAC running at full efficiency, you’ll need to clean it. Make sure none of your intakes or vents are blocked by debris. Summer might have left you with bits of twig, grass cuttings, and fast-growing weeds blocking your intakes. Cut back any foliage that might be blocking airflow.
You’ll also want to expect your intakes and vents for damage or deterioration. Are your fans running as they should be? Are your units still securely fixed to the wall? Also, check for any signs of electrical damage to avoid a fire hazard.
Warm It Up
Your HVAC’s heating system has probably sat idle for a few months.
That means it’s a good idea to warm it back up before fall comes. It could take a while for the system to get back up to full efficiency. Luckily, fall comes on gradually, so you can use some cold snaps or cooler nights as a good excuse to get it running again.
Running your HVAC before you truly need it might also help you to detect faults early.
HVAC Tips Save You Time and Money
It may seem like a chore, but these tips will save you time and money in the long-run. So use this as a checklist before fall comes around to make sure your HVAC is doing the best it can to make your home comfortable.
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