Maintaining an HVAC unit is a year-round task. With each season comes different HVAC maintenance requirements. Now that fall is here, you’ll need to know what maintenance tasks you need to complete to ensure your unit’s in the best shape and prepared for the winter.
It’s time to put together your own HVAC maintenance checklist for each fall season. Continue reading below to learn what tasks should be on that list.
1. Keep Area Around the Units Cleared
No matter what time of the year it is, it’s important to keep the area around your units cleared. During the fall, however, this step is even more crucial. As leaves fall, twigs break, and other debris begins to pile up after being swooped up by the wind, they’ll make their way over to your unit outside.
If you allow this debris to construct your outside unit, it can begin to have trouble functioning properly. Head outside once a week to clean your yard and prevent leaves from building up around the unit. If grass or weeds grew around it during the summer, then you’ll want to remove them as well.
2. Check the Vents When Replacing the Filters
You should replace the air filter at least once a month to prevent dirt and dust from entering your system or blocking the fresh air from circling smoothly. During the fall season, you might need to replace the filter more often due to more pollen and allergens in the air.
When you do replace the filter, be sure to check the vents as well. If a vent is dirty, it can spread dust, dirt, or even mold in your home.
3. Adjust the Thermostat
The summer months were hot and humid, but with fall comes cooler and drier air. Now is the time to adjust your thermostat. What settings did you have to keep it on while you were gone during the day in the summer?
What setting did you keep it on while you slept at night during the summer? How can you adjust the settings to fall weather? Be sure to make these changes to prevent your unit from overworking.
It’ll also save you some money on your energy bill.
4. Contact the Professionals
Although there are several things you can do yourself to maintain your HVAC unit during the fall and other seasons as well, there are some things you’ll have to leave in the hands of the professionals. It’s a good idea to contact the professionals to have a regular tune-up done on the unit to prepare it for winter.
If any repairs need to be made, it’s also a good idea to have a professional HVAC service come in and inspect the unit for you. They’ll then be able to make any necessary repairs and maintenance tasks.
How Will You Maintain Your HVAC This Fall?
Which maintenance tips will you add to your fall HVAC checklist? Be sure to follow the tips listed in this guide above to keep your unit running smoothly.
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