Fall is here, and as California continues to get chillier and chillier over the next few months, it’s important to take proper steps to prepare your HVAC equipment for the change in seasons. With just minimal preventative maintenance, you’ll be able to help your heating and cooling equipment work better this autumn, ensuring you stay completely comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside. Learn the top 5 ways to get your HVAC system ready for fall here, courtesy of our Redding HVAC experts at Wallner Plumbing Heating & Air.
The Top 5 Ways to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Fall Are:
- Clean/Change your air filters: Your furnace and air conditioners should be changed every 2-3 months anyway, however, this is particularly important after summer is over, and you’ve likely been running your AC a lot more. Not only will a fresh air filter help your heater/air conditioner run better by cutting down on the amount of dust, debris, and allergens like pollen in your system, it will also improve air quality for everyone in your home. Luckily, you can purchase air filters online, at most home improvement stores, or you can call a professional technician to replace them for you.
- Adjust your thermostat settings: It is a good idea to keep your thermostat setting a little higher in the summer, since you are likely to be running your AC unit more. You may want to reverse this in the winter, however, since you will soon be using your heater, and a cooler thermostat setting can help offset heating costs. In general, you should find a setting that is cost-efficient yet comfortable for your whole family. If you have a smart thermostat, you should also be able to program it in a way that is compatible with your HVAC system.
- Check/clean your outdoor unit: If you have an HVAC system with both an indoor and outdoor unit, such as a ductless mini-split system or a heat pump, you should check the outside unit to make sure it is unobstructed and free of debris. If it has accumulated debris or gotten dirty over the summer, it is important to clean it out—especially before fall, when (depending on where you live,) the unit may face leaves and other blockages over the next few months.
- Seal air leaks: Air leaks are a great way to lose heating or cooling power, no matter what the season is. That’s why it’s highly advisable that you seal windows and doors with caulk and weather stripping as much as possible, and have your ductwork checked and sealed, to prevent warm air from escaping your home and cool air from sneaking in this fall.
- Call for an inspection: After you have taken all the steps you can to make sure your HVAC system is up to peak performance this fall, the best way to guarantee its continued reliability is to call a professional for an inspection. With the assistance of our experienced Redding HVAC team, you will be able to find out if your heating and cooling equipment requires any essential repairs or replacements. Periodic tune-ups and inspections keep your equipment working better and lasting longer, saving you money and keeping you more comfortable over time.