Seasonal maintenance is the key to keeping your HVAC systems running smoothly for many years to come. Since autumn presents all kinds of challenges, it’s important to tune up your HVAC systems according to the season.
Autumns in Utah feature a kaleidoscope of colors along the scenic byways and wild woods. But the cold will begin to set in a few weeks after summer ends. Now that summer is coming to an end and the temperatures are mild, you should start preparing your home for the fall and winter.
As the temperatures become milder, use a fan instead of your air-conditioner. Take the opportunity to cut down your energy spending and give your HVAC systems a time-out. When the wind is blowing outside, open the windows for natural cooling. Autumn is also a great time to clean your air conditioning. If you detect issues, it’s best to call your trusted AC repair company to conduct a proper diagnosis and make the necessary repairs so it will be ready for use before the next summer season starts.
Prepare your furnace right after the foliage begins to yellow. Clear the area around your furnace and keep flammables, such as chemicals, paper, fabric, curtains and boxes away. Make sure that the space surrounding your furnace is well-ventilated. Ample circulation of fresh air enables your furnace to run more efficiently. Also, remove debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, twigs and weeds around the air-conditioning units and heat pumps weekly until the very end of autumn.
It’s also wise to inspect your furnace first and make necessary repairs and tune-ups early instead of waiting until it breaks down. Making repairs during colder months is fairly inconvenient and quite costly. Before the busy season hits, get a tune-up on your furnace to improve its energy efficiency and function, such as a programmable thermostat. If you have a gas or oil furnace, get one of those carbon monoxide detectors for increased safety.
With fall just around the corner, now is the right time to prepare your HVAC systems for the late autumn and winter months. A well-performing and energy-efficient furnace may just be the only thing standing between you and a dreadful winter.