We know it’s the end of October, but here in Alabama, the weather stays a bit warmer than in other parts of the country. That means some of us are guilty of putting off autumn maintenance until the absolute last minute. It’s ok, we’ve all been there, and we understand that HVAC servicing isn’t nearly as fun as tailgating and enjoying our beloved football season.
However, with colder air approaching, it is time to do a little maintenance to make sure your HVAC system runs smoothly through the colder months. Here is what needs to be done to keep your home warm and toasty all winter long.
Schedule a Check-Up
We know, this isn’t supposed to be a commercial for our services, but hear us out. Our Precision Tune-Up is a twice-a-year inspection that double checks the overall health of your HVAC system. This service costs less than $100, and means you get to sit back while someone else does the work for you. It also includes tasks that must be done by professionals, like electrical and parts inspections. Plus, our techs can offer helpful advice on making your home more energy efficient during the winter months, so that you can save some extra cash on your heating bills.
Let the Cleaning Commence!
If you schedule a Precision Tune-Up, our tech will clean the outdoor portion of your heat pump. That said, it is still a good idea to remove your vents and do a thorough cleaning of the parts of the ducts you can easily reach. Remember to clean your vent covers as well. This helps to get rid of any dust that may have built up in the past few months. Clean vents help to keep your HVAC system happy and the air in your home clean.
Change Your Filter
How long has it been since you last changed your air filter? Clogged air filters are one of the biggest causes of HVAC problems. If you schedule a Precision Check-Up, our tech will handle this for you. If you’re a DIYer, that is fine too, but make sure to get a filter that has a higher MERV rating. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at catching small particles of dirt and dust. While you’re at the hardware store, go ahead and buy two or three filters, so that you can replace the one in your system every 30 days.
Check Your Outdoor Unit
With a Precision Tune-Up, our tech will do a thorough clean of your outdoor unit. If you are going the DIY route, make sure to do a check of the outdoor unit for dirt and debris that may cause blockages. Remove any leaves that may have gathered in our around the unit. Trim back any overgrown grass or bushes that could also lead to blockages. Also, make sure that the area around the base of the air conditioner has plenty of drainage points. Flooding causes costly damage to HVAC systems, so an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Take a Peek at Your Attic Insulation
It is worth the effort to go into the attic and take a look at your insulation, especially if it has been a while since you last put eyes on it. Water damage and animal infestations can destroy existing insulation. If you notice that you are suddenly having issues with keeping your home the right temperature or your HVAC system is continuously running, insulation could be the problem.
Give Your Thermostat Some Love
Most thermostats are not hard-wired to your home’s electrical system. This goes for your fire and carbon monoxide detectors as well. Check the batteries of all three of these devices, and replace them if needed. Low thermostat batteries are a significant cause for HVAC service calls. It is one of the simplest things you can check and regularly replace to keep your system in great shape.
The Bottom Line: A Precision Tune-Up is the best way to ensure that your HVAC system runs all winter smoothly. That said, there are some DIY steps you can take to help your system get ready for the colder months ahead. Whatever you do, don’t skip this routine maintenance – it’s essential to keeping your HVAC system running for decades to come.